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Civil War Cooking (and Drinking): The 2022 Introduction

The week of Thanksgiving approaches, and it’s time to begin the yearly tradition of the Civil War Cooking Series on Emerging Civil War. This year I’m delighted to share that Meg Groeling is joining the effort to entertain and highlight … 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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General Barlow “Seated In A Cherry Tree”

You’ve probably heard the story that “Stonewall” Jackson liked to eat lemons. Why don’t we pay as much attention to the favorite fruits of other generals? Probably because it just isn’t well documented. However, I’ve come across some evidence that … Continue reading

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Slapjacks Along the Big Black

I found this great little bit in Osborne H. Oldroyd’s A Soldier’s Story of the Siege of Vicksburg. Oldroyd served with Company E of the 20th Ohio. His account, published in 1885, featured an introduction by Bvt. Maj. Gen. Manning … Continue reading

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“Angry Enough to Give Them Battle”: Hungry Civilians and Soldiers Fight Over Food

ECW welcomes Katie Brown to share Part 3 of her research. (Find the previous posts here.) Hunger was an omnipresent force that haunted almost everyone in Civil War America. One of the most troubling aspects of hunger was its impact … Continue reading

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Stout Hearts: Attempting to Feed Both Civilians and Soldiers

ECW welcomes Katie Brown to share Part 2 of her research. (Find Part 1 here) “The provision blockade is nothing; we shall have wheat, corn, and beef beyond measure…,” Sergeant S.R. Cockrill of Tennessee assured a friend in June 1861, … Continue reading

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Hangry: Hunger in the Civil War

ECW welcomes guest author Katie Brown “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!”[1] Scarlett O’Hara’s famous declaration from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind is one of the most well-known lines from the story and movie. It’s … Continue reading

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Saving General Thomas’ Rations

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Andrew Miller A general needs his rations like any soldier in the army. Even more important is maintaining a well fed staff as they perform innumerable duties to guarantee that the general’s orders are … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’ (Sorta): George Pickett

Since we have Civil War cooking on the brain this week, I have to pose a question that’ll probably seem a little frivolous but it’s nagged at me for years: What is it with George Pickett and food? I realize … Continue reading

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Campfire Cooking: Campaign Diets & Not-So-Fine Dining

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Michael Aubrecht Despite being necessary for survival, food for the typical Civil War soldier was unreliable fare. Whether marching on campaign or hunkered down in winter quarters, a soldier’s dining habits were often dictated by what … Continue reading

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