Among the dinner party’s A-listers were (clockwise from top left) Francis Dawson, whose writings on Southern women and the war itself made him the guest of honor; Colonel Charles Marshall–R.E. Lee’s aide-de-camp; Brig. Gen. Bradley Johnson, who after the war had actually clouted a fellow general with a belt in a train station; and Lt. Col. David G. McIntosh of South Carolina, who recorded prolific notes about the party’s various conversations. (Photo credits tk)