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Maple Sugaring Civil War Style

Away! Away to the maple grove! Come hither my boys and girls, thither let us rove. "The Sugar-Camp" by Harry in Merry's Museum 1862 p. 80 Isaac Hurlburt lived not too very far down the same road I live on today. His farming round was also much like our own, except we only raised sheep… Continue reading Maple Sugaring 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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A Civil War Boy’s Diary

In my last post I referred to the diary of Lucy James Stoughton of Castle Creek. I came across another local diary in my files. This one by a boy of about the same age as Lucy. Diary of a Binghamton Boy of the 1860s was edited and explained by Marjory Barnun Hinman and published in… Continue reading A Civil War Boy’s Diary

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Friendly Advice for the Farmer

What about Civil War era farmers? Where did they get their knowledge of how to grow the crops that fed their families, villages, towns, cities, and armies? Why from the American Agriculturist published with the modern farmer in mind from 1845 to today. Here, found interspersed between melodramatic stories, children's drawings, and Rebus puzzles, amidst ads for… Continue reading Friendly Advice for the Farmer

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The Northern Farmer: The Diary of Isaac Hurlburt

In 1862 fifty percent of the population lived on farms in the United States as opposed to two percent today. Farming before mechanization was a full-time family enterprise requiring the muscles and sweat of many hands. Families were large, and children labored from early ages. Farming was hard, but it was also a way to… Continue reading The Northern Farmer: The Diary of Isaac Hurlburt