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Desiccated Vegetables Civil War Style

Today when we want fresh vegetables in the middle of the winter we need go no further than our local grocery. During the Civil War, it wasn't so easy. In the next series of posts, I will be examining how foods were preserved in the 1860s. Drying Air and heat drying is one of the… Continue reading Desiccated Vegetables Civil War Style

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Turkey Civil War Style

While soldiers in the field were waiting for their turkeys to arrive packed in crates filled with straw and kept cold, hopefully, by winter weather, at home women were preparing to roast their turkeys. Roasting a turkey in the 1800s meant cooking it on a spit inside a tin oven. Catherine Esther Beecher in her 1859… Continue reading Turkey Civil War Style

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Thanksgiving during the Civil War

Thanksgiving had been celebrated in America from the time of the Puritans, and soldiers had taken the tradition with them when they went to war. In 1863 President Lincoln declared November 26 as a national day of "thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens" in response to a letter from… Continue reading Thanksgiving during the Civil War

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Henry Ward Beecher on Pumpkins

As much as the pumpkin is used as a term of ridicule, who ever saw a pumpkin that seemed to quail or look sheepish? Henry Ward BeecherHenry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) was minister of the Plymouth Congregational Church in Brooklyn. He is best known for his break with his father's hell and brimstone Calvinism to a belief in… Continue reading Henry Ward Beecher on Pumpkins

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Civil War Domestic Economy Books

At the age of thirty and well into my second year of farm living, I learned how to butcher and clean a chicken from a book. One eye on the open page, one on the slithering carcass, I crunched my poultry shears through skin and bone and grabbed the two halves, sending pin feathers flying. "Now," said the author, "open the… Continue reading Civil War Domestic Economy Books