Category Archives: Holidays

Civil War Cooking: Mrs. Robert E. Lee’s Gingerbread

Go to the source! That’s what historians say, right? There are so many variations of “Lee’s Favorite Gingerbread” and I was excited to try a version from THE SOURCE. Mrs. Robert E. Lee of Arlington actually wrote multiple gingerbread versions in … Continue reading

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Civil War Cooking: Pumpkin Pie — From Field to Table

Take a pumpkin, make a pie. Mrs. Lydia Child’s explains how this was done in the mid-19th Century in her book The Frugal Housewife: For common family pumpkin pies, three eggs do very well to a quart of milk. Stew … Continue reading

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Bring on the (Historical) Turkey!

Here are a few of favorite Thanksgiving blog posts that I’ve written in previous years. Wishing you all a wonderful and delicious holiday! The Lincoln Turkey Pardon Lincoln Pardons The Turkey, But Not General Porter The Union Gives Thanks–The Soldier’s … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from Emerging Civil War

By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that … Continue reading

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WWII Burials in Gettysburg National Cemetery

November 19th is the 158th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, given at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, now Gettysburg National Cemetery. Located atop Cemetery Hill in the midst of America’s bloodiest battlefield, Lincoln delivered an immortal … Continue reading

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Veterans Day: “Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire”

“But, nevertheless, the generation that carried on the war has been set apart by its experience. Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset … Continue reading

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The Legacy of John A. Logan

by Hannah Roesch Tucked behind a white picket fence in the heart of Murphysboro, Illinois, sits a museum dedicated to one of the most colorful generals of the Civil War, John A. Logan. Since 1989 The General John A. Logan … Continue reading

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An Eagle Cake on the Fourth of July

John S. Mosby It has been a few years since I posted the story below but it still resonates every year with me because of the incredible feat the women of Point of Rocks, Maryland, accomplished: creating a 25 foot … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: The 4th of July

All of us at ECW, and Walt Whitman, wish our readers a glorious 4th. “Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us.” Walt Whitman

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“Dear Papa…I wonder how you still can be so good to me”

Josiah Gardner Abbott (b. 1814) had a busy professional life as one of Massachusetts most successful attorneys and a regular civil servant in the offices of county judge, state representative, and state senator, but he made time to influence the … Continue reading

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