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" Whose Dog Are You? " Curly, 11th Ohio, Makes It Home From War

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Advertisements for ' performing dog ' acts were fairly common although this is the most delightful ad I've come across ( 1864 ). While circus acts toured the country, best performers around went to war. They performed magic tricks, like surviving a war.

Curly may have made an appearance here before? Cannot find the thread . Much reprinted in 1864, taking a chance because Curly made it through the war. Always wince when the regimental mascot is killed. Company A, 11th Ohio's mascot, a rough coated spaniel named Curley was wounded more times than most men and came home anyway. The young lady may be apocryphal, Curley was...

Authentic Meat Cakes

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We loved our meat dishes! Talk about making a silk purse out of a...., never mind. Era recipes rely heavily on using every scrap, ear and leftover.

These are delicious cakes to serve for breakfast or with tea, yet another recipe without the measurements we insist on in 2018. Our ancestors could cook.

Meat Cakes

Chop pieces of cold steak or roast, add equal quantity of chopped potatoes, season with salt and pepper. Make into small cakes and fry.

A simple, simply prepared but delicious recipe.

Civil War Talk Throwback Thursday, 12-27-18

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As the old year comes to an end it's always a time for reflection, and so the final Throwback Thursday for 2018 only goes back as far as this April during my whirlwind tour of Civil War battlefields with my old friend Doug @1863surgeon and his son Bradley. Above, Bradley photographed me at Gettysburg's Oak Hill standing beside one of the British-manufactured Whitworth rifled guns which boasted a range of four miles and fired on Union positions from here. For more on my travels this year, please see: https://www.civilwartalk.com/threads/2018-my-year-of-civil-war-travels.152903/#post-1953021

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The day Paducah citizens surrendered to a 'friendly' gunboat

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The town of Paducah, Ky., on the Ohio river, nearly at the mouth of the Tennessee, which we passed, was the scene of what might have been a serious calamity, but what was, according to my information, a very ridiculous and amusing incident.

The men on the gunboats were drilled as “guns’ crews,” every morning, and the routine motions of loading, handling and firing the big guns were all gone through with. A buckskin button was placed in the vent of the gun where the percussion fuse or primer would be in actual firing, and the hammer of the gun was brought smartly down on this buckskin at the command “Fire” during...

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Men (and women?) of the Cleveland Light Artillery

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This image has intrigued me for a while. There looks to be at least three women in uniform. Possibly wives?


Generals Have Mothers, Too. Sophia Brinton McClellan's Giant Heart

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Philadelphia was justifiably proud of its volunteerism. Hospitals. refreshment ' saloons ', fund raising for troops- from 1861 through 1865 the city was like a massive, beating heart. Social status took a back seat to kindness- a general's wife or mother could as easily be depicted in this kitchen at Union Volunteer Hospital and Relief Station as a private's.

Tooling around war era scans of The Gettysburg Compiler, ran into this. Sorry to use so many news clippings as threads, it's just crazy interesting, the stuff you trip over while looking for something else.

Wounded soldier from a teeny, small town not far from here took home what you just know...

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