Witches, Wizards, and the American Civil War
September 18, 2008 8:38 AM Subscribe
What was going on with the occult and belief in the supernatural in Civil War-era America?
posted by robocop is bleeding to Grab Bag (18 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I'm aware of Spiritualism
, but in researching the background for a story idea I have, I seem to be drawing a blank for anything outside of the talking to the dead movement.
What's a good source for the folk beliefs of the 1860s?
Did "Louisiana Voodoo" exist in a recognizable form then?
Were there myths and legends that were well known then that have since fallen out of favor?
Any sources, anecdotes, or ideas you have pertaining to the mysterious and the occult of the 1860s is welcome. Lots of the stuff I've seen that covers that vague period veers into steampunk territory which I'd rather avoid.