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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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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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The Things ECW is Thankful For

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies,” wrote President Lincoln in his 1863 proclamation establishing the first national day of Thanksgiving. “I do therefore invite my fellow … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln Gives Thanks

  The country was tearing itself apart in bloody war 156 years ago, but President Abraham Lincoln found cause to be grateful in his Thanksgiving Proclamation. His wisdom is for the ages. In this time of polarization, we would do … Continue reading

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The Political Strategy Behind Thanksgiving 

ECW welcomes back JoAnna M. McDonald Whether you commend or condemn the actions of President Abraham Lincoln, he was an astute strategist.  He took every opportunity to achieve a political advantage over the Confederacy. This detail can be seen even … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from ECW

Wishing you a day of abundant blessings to enjoy with family and friends! We’re grateful for your interest in Civil War history and for being part of our journey to sharing emerging scholarship.  

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But I HATE Cranberries!

‘Tis the season to try and figure out how to make everyone happy, including the Civil Warriors on the list. I have no idea how to fry a turkey, blacken one, or even how to roast one over a campfire. … 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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Happy Thanksgiving from ECW

Whether you march through the autumn leaves, stay cozy at your headquarters, head out to make the town remember your name, or enjoy a meal that would make the hardtack eaters jealous, we hope you have a memorable day! We’re … Continue reading

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