Author Archives: Meg Groeling

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CW Historian

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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2018 Sees Another Turkey Pardon

Sometimes Fall and its attendant holidays seem sad. We have to see people we may not really care to see, we miss those who are no longer with us, and everyone just seems sort of on edge when it comes … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The California State Railroad Museum

Riding the rails is a minor occupation of many Californians. We are familiar with the huge impact the railroad has had on the growth and development of our state, and we honor that tradition in many ways. One of the … Continue reading

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The Inaugural Express: Abraham Lincoln’s Train Journey from Springfield to Washington

One of my favorite trains—and there are several—is the Inaugural Express, the series of trains taken by President-elect Lincoln as he made his famous journey from his home in Springfield to the Executive Mansion in Washington. Standardization of track sizes … Continue reading

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The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is a strong and enlightening new book by Joanne B. Freeman, professor of History and American Studies at Yale University. She is not necessarily known as a Civil … Continue reading

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CHAS: The California Historical Artillery Society-Part 2

Continuing my interview with Judith Boling from the California Historical Artillery Society … MG: What is the most common question asked during your demonstrations? JB: “How does CHAS train the horses to stand the gunfire and commotion on the battlefield?” … Continue reading

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