By the 1870s cameras were much more available, so it's easier to find photographs of important events. Political cartoons were also popular, so we can get a good "feel" for the period. A talented artist could convey a whole lecture about the dangers faced by freed blacks at the hands of their former owners. The three men on the right were KKK members wearing homemade masks. The visitors to the Grenville porch would have looked very much like these.
Several scenes in Yankee Reconstructed take place at the ruins of the Old Sheldon Church not far from Beaufort, SC. The structures are still accessible today, almost unchanged since the 1870s.
And if you've wondered about the marsh ponies that Mary Sue and Eli were raising, they, too, are still around. These photos were taken in near Hunting Island just a couple of years ago.
To see more pictures --or to see photographs of the real people I used as models for my fictional characters -- please visit my Pinterest pages at: https://www.pinterest.com/roundheadlady/yankee-reconstructed-south-carolina-in-the-1870s and https://www.pinterest.com/roundheadlady/yankee-reconstructed-meet-the-characters/