Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

A Look Back at ECW’s Past Thanksgivings

In 2012, ECW celebrated Thanksgiving by publishing its 500th post. For Thanksgiving this year, we don’t hit any nice, tidy milestones, but we’re up to 1,738 posts (as of this one). None of our success over the past four and a … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving 2015

We asked a few of our authors to share what they were thankful for this year. Assuming everyone would say “family and friends,” we asked them what else they were thankful for. Here are a few of their answers:

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“Therefore we prefer bad weather at this time”

In the spirit of the holiday I thought I would highlight a curious item that a soldier in the trenches at Petersburg was thankful for. “We have had some very cold weather, the ground has been frozen hard but now the weather is … Continue reading

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Obama Pardons Cheese in 2014!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 marks another year in which a turkey received a Presidential pardon, this time from President Obama. The 2014 turkeys (there are always two nowadays–one is an alternate in case something happens to the first) are from … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Turkey Pardon–a 2011 reprint, updated!

November 26 marks another year in which a turkey receives a Presidential pardon, this time from President Obama. The 2014 turkeys (there are always two nowadays–one is an alternate in case something happens to the first) are from Ohio, and … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, 150 years ago

“Thanksgiving day, when the fat turkey is served in state,” said Theodore Lyman, a member of Gen. George Gordon Meade’s staff. “And this [was the day] appointed for our flank move on Orange Court House….” One hundred and fifty years … Continue reading

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The Union Gives Thanks–The Soldier’s and Sailor’s Thanksgiving of 1864–Part I

Nationally, America only celebrated two holidays in the mid-nineteenth century: July 4 and George Washington’s Birthday. This changed when, due to the tireless efforts of Sarah Josepha Hale, President Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring November 24, 1864 to be a day … Continue reading

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Lincoln Pardons Turkey, But Not General Porter!

Wednesday, November 27 marked another year in which a turkey received a Presidential pardon, this time from President Obama. The 2013 turkeys (there are always two nowadays–one is an alternate in case something happens to the first) are from Michigan, … Continue reading

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