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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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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