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Civil War Cooking: Dr. Potter’s Fine Dining on May 31, 1863

The most complicated food menu experience ends the series this year… Civil War surgeons had a hard and unenviable experience, but some of them ate pretty well between battles. Multiple menus from surgeons’ dining tables caught my eye this year, … Continue reading

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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: The Lincoln Cake…According to Godey’s Lady’s Book

Lincoln Cake Beat two eggs. Add 2 cups of sugar, a ½ cup of softened butter, and 1 cup of milk, Gradually add 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar, a ½ teaspoon of soda, and 1 … 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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Civil War Cooking: Theodore Dodge’s Boiled Beans with Curry

The winter of 1862-1863 for the Union’s Army of the Potomac has been compared to the Valley Forge hardships of the Revolutionary War decades earlier. For the Civil War soldiers, morale plummeted after the Battle of Fredericksburg and year of … Continue reading

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Civil War Cooking: Sam Watkin’s Farm House Dinner

In the autumn of 1863, Private Sam Watkin in Company “Aytch” of the 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment got sent on a foraging mission into the countryside of Georgia to bring back food. Somewhere along the way, he got a memorable … Continue reading

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Civil War Cooking: “A Taste of War”

It’s that time of year again…the week of Thanksgiving! Keeping with ECW tradition, it’s time for a week of “journaling”, research notes, primary sources, photos, and time in the kitchen to learn by eating and blogging for the Civil War … Continue reading

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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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