Author Archives: Meg Groeling

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“Powerful and Determined”: Susie King Taylor and Her Image as Seen by Stephen Restelli

I could not tell she was African-American in looking at the negative.  When I  scanned it as viewed her as a positive print, chills went through me.  This was the most stunning portrait photograph I have ever seen.  And I … Continue reading

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Susie King Taylor: The First African American Army Nurse

“I was born under the slave law in Georgia, in 1848, and was brought up by my grandmother in Savannah.” So begin the memoirs of Civil War nurse Susie King Taylor, a most unusual woman in many ways. She was … Continue reading

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Roses Have Thorns, Violets Proliferate: Vinegar Valentines During the Civil War

All was not hearts and flowers for lovers and others during the American Civil War. Sweethearts were separated, families were torn apart, Valentine’s Day was often a sad day of remembrance or longing unless you were of a certain disposition—a … Continue reading

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“Blowed to Freedom!”: Abraham and the Vicksburg Mine

Every February ECW does a series of posts about African Americans and the Civil War. There are many from which to choose, but I have made it my mission, as it were, to find those who are not as well … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: All for the Union and Company Aytch, For Example

When asked about ideas concerning primary sources that might be recommended to ECW readers, it did not take me more than a second to exclaim, “All for the Union!” This book—the Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes—was … Continue reading

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Eating Like A Confederate President: Davis’s Gingerbread

Find Part 1 with details about Lincoln’s Gingerbread here. Gingerbread in all its variations was a big favorite in the north, the south, and in between. Lebkuchen, the German form of gingerbread, was baked in many “Dutch” households, and others … Continue reading

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Eating Like a President: Lincoln’s Gingerbread

Molasses is derived from cane sugar, a common product of the southern states before the war. To make molasses, sugar cane is harvested and stripped of leaves. Its juice is extracted, usually by cutting, crushing, or mashing. The juice is … Continue reading

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When a President Dies

The public honors given to the 41stPresident of the United States, George H. W. Bush, brought clearly into focus the respect our country owes the office of the Presidency. However, many parts of President Bush’s obsequies were presented on television … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookie Cutters—An Actual Thing

No matter how much of a foodie one may be, there is always something appealing about home-made cookies shaped using a cookie cutter. The most popular flavors are sugar and gingerbread, as those doughs are the easiest to roll out … Continue reading

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Christmas Is Coming!

Oh dear! What should we get Cousin Sarah and Uncle Chris? They love history and that war—the Civil one, I think. . . whatever shall we do? Fear not, loyal readers. Emerging Civil War is coming with a glorious flanking maneuver … Continue reading

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