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Civil War Cooking: Colonel Bartlett’s Dinner with the 49th Massachusetts

“I invited George Wheatland (of Salem), Major of the Forty-eighth, to dine with me this evening. We dine at six. I gave him a very good dinner. We used the new mess pail; just right for three. I had a … Continue reading

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Civil War Cooking: “War Picnic” at Second Manassas with Jackson’s Corps

When “Stonewall” Jackson’s men captured supplies at Manassas at the end of August 1862, it was feasting time. In addition to storehouses, 100 train cars waited on the tracks, filled with supplies. Jackson ordered bread to baked and directed the … Continue reading

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Civil War Cooking: Thanksgiving Dinner at the Wolfe Street Hospital

The larger hospitals in cities usually tried to have special foods for holiday meals, and through the letters of Private Will Lamson from the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment, there’s a glimpse of the Thanksgiving dinner from 1862. Young Lamson had … Continue reading

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Civil War Cooking: Miss Caskie’s Cake at General Lee’s Headquarters

“You must thank Miss Norvell for her nice cake. I . . . assembled all the young gentlemen around it & though I told them it was a present from a beautiful young lady, they did not leave a crumb.” … Continue reading

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Civil War Cooking: Corn and Apples with the 17th Virginia Infantry

In Private Edgar Warfield’s memoirs, he describes his experiences in the 17th Virginia Infantry Regiment on marches, in camp, and during battle. His writings about the Maryland Campaign of 1862 gives a glimpse of the deprivations the soldiers in his … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: You Say Receipt, I’ll Say Recipe

This weekend I’m handing out a lot of receipts after ringing up the orders at my retail job. Earlier, my mom and I studied recipes to decide what to make for Thanksgiving. Ever noticed the “receipt vs. recipe” conflict in … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: No Coffee…No Problem?

Who’s getting up early this Friday morning? Hitting the sales for Black Friday or heading to work? Many of us will grab a cup of coffee at some point this morning or during the day for an extra boost of … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: Did A Thanksgiving Meal Save This Man’s Life?

Jane Stuart Woolsey volunteered as a hospital nurse with the U.S. Sanitary Commission during the Civil War. Later, she wrote about her experiences and memories, offering a glimpse into a Union hospital, and in one of the chapters, details about … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: All That Work To Make A Cake

I plopped the eggs and sugar into the bowl beneath the beater of the stand-up electric mixer, turned the speed to medium, set the timer for twenty minutes, and started measuring the ingredients for the next step. Lazy! My foremothers … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: Oysters, Sage, Onion – What To Stuff In A Turkey

When I think of historical stories about stuffing a turkey, the first one that usually comes to mind is a humorous scene from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiographical novel By The Shores of Silver Lake. Although set in Dakota Territory well … Continue reading

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