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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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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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Games for Girls from the 1862 American Girls’ Book

While the boys were outside building snow forts and giant men, the girls were inside putting on plays, playing games, or amusing themselves with paper and cardboard and cloth following the directions in the 1862 American Girl's Book by Miss Leslie, a volume intended as an "unpretending manual of light and exhilarating amusements; most of… Continue reading Games for Girls from the 1862 American Girls’ Book

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Fun in the Snow 1860s Style

It snowed today and a white Christmas is predicted for my region. Time to have fun in the snow! Despite the war, children during the Civil War period loved snow as much as children do today. Indeed, the 1864 American Boy's Book of Sports and Games included snow play among its many healthful activities for American boys.… Continue reading Fun in the Snow 1860s Style

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A Civil War Christmas Story

There are but few children, in this matter-of-fact age, who have real faith in the jolly little man with mouse-skins and reindeer...  No this wasn't written in 2012. This is taken from the children's book  Keep a Good Heart: A Story for Christmas Time by Cousin Carrie 1864 p. 78.  What can children's books tell… Continue reading A Civil War Christmas Story

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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

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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