Scarlett O'Hara, at the young age of 16, married Charles Hamilton in the spring of 1861. The Civil War had just begun and beaux were marrying their young ladies before heading off to war.
Scarlett's entire wedding happened two weeks after she said yes to Charles' proposal. Her mother, Ellen, wanted her to wait, but her father, Gerald, agreed to the short engagement.
|Gerald and Ellen O'Hara with their daughter Scarlett and new son-in-law Charles Hamilton|
Learning that Ashley's wedding had been moved up from the autumn to the first of May, so he could leave with the Troop as soon as it was called into service, Scarlett set the date of her wedding to the day before his.
|Scarlett has eyes only for Ashley|
Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Vivien Leigh and Rand Brooks
|It's hoopless dresses in this publicity shot for GWTW.|
From the movie:
Melanie (kissing Scarlett) Scarlett, I thought of you at our wedding yesterday and hoped yours would be as beautiful. And it was.
Scarlett (like a sleepwalker) Was it?
Melanie (nods emphatically) Now we're really and truly sisters.
|Leslie Howard as Ashley with Vivien Leigh as Scarlett|
|Barbara O'Neil as Ellen O'Hara|
|Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara|
|Reproduction of Scarlett's wedding dress-- front view|
|Reproduction of Scarlett's wedding dress-- back view|
Italicized quotes are from the book, Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell