1. JPK Huson 1863

    What Happens When Men Throw A Christmas Party, 1861-1864

    This doomed pig, greased of course, was one of countless giving his life so that Christmas might live. Nast ( of course ) recorded a few Christmas celebrations between 1861 and 1864. This, from the camp of the 23rd Pennsylvania, while a little ' iew ' ( swear that's an army mule who never saw...
  2. Jimklag

    Merry Christmas From "On This Day" Forum

  3. SWMODave

    Three Yuletide Yarns

    #1 It was in the winter of '63, when the 33d Missouri Cavalry, of which I was a member, was encamped in the hollow just south of the Little Piney and about half a mile from Arlington, when the incident I am about to relate occurred." says L. F. Pillman. "The morning of December 24 dawned crisp...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    " A Seat At The National Table ", Nast's Christmas Card, Harper's 1864

    December 1864. Thomas Nast's ' card ' for Harper's Weekly drew a hopeful thread through our divided country. Peace is dawning, best Christmas gift ever. Please excuse if this has already been done? December 1864. Thomas Nast by-passed Sherman’s much vaunted Christmas gift in favor of a...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    " Keeping Christmas ", Christmas Past And How We're Doing With That

    Taken from an 1863 Nast spread for Harper's, Keeping Christmas in the era looks fairly familiar. Tree, family, toys children and Joy galore- Father Christmas has morphed into Santa in another section of the page, the feast into Christmas dinner and Christmas greens entwine the whole. Christmas...
  6. Eleanor Rose

    Feather Christmas Trees - Treasures From the Past

    The Christmas Tree Painting by Henry Mosler Feather trees were the first artificial Christmas trees and they were originally made in Germany as early as 1845. Like many inventions, the tabletop feather tree came about out of necessity. By the mid-19th century, decorated Christmas trees were...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch. The Confederacy's Worst Christmas Ever, 1864

    An 1863 image in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper depicts a family celebrating Christmas. Be sure, not a Southern family and not 1864. The Grinch Act was in place, not a toy in sight that year. So this is confusing. Just made up the term " The Grinch Act ", first thing that came to mind...
  8. wbull1

    Christmas Bells

    Christmas Bells Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem on Christmas day 1863. In November of that year Longfellow’s oldest son, who had volunteered for the Union Army without his father’s knowledge or permission, was severely wounded in battle. References to the Civil War are rarely included...
  9. Eleanor Rose

    History Cheese Ball Christmas Tree

    "According to legend," writes Michelle Buffardi, author of Great Balls of Cheese, "the first cheese ball in recorded history was made in 1801 by Elisha Brown, Jr. on his farm and presented to President Thomas Jefferson" at the White House. It's said to have weighed 1,235 pounds and was referred...
  10. Eleanor Rose

    History Crescent Moon Christmas Cookies

    (Pinterest) Crescent Moon Christmas Cookies came to America with German immigrants in the 1800s. This recipe is also known as “shortbreads” and has been passed along for generations. The traditional version is made with walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts, but you can choose your favorite or use...
  11. Eleanor Rose

    Recreated St. Nick’s Eggnog

    (American Egg Board) St. Nick’s Eggnog Eggnog is a delicious holiday tradition, but some folks have a low tolerance for the emulsifiers and stabilizers used in commercial eggnogs. Homemade eggnog has no added ingredients. This recipe has been passed down since 1930. The leftover eggnog can...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    The Naughty List, Keeping An Eye Peeled For Santa, 1861-1865

    Well we warned them. Children's books illustrated infractions that could get you noticed by Santa's all-seeing eye. Unclear if dog is threatening a stick-to-the-backside but 11 months of the year it's all parents had. December brought the best disciplinarian our world has known. It's so funny...
  13. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Grandma’s Brandy Butter Sauce Cake

    (Photo courtesy of Taste of Home) You might want to consider leaving Santa a piece of grandma's cake instead of cookies this year. Ho ho ho! Grandma’s Brandy Butter Sauce Cake Ingredients for Cake: 2 cups sugar 2 cups raisins 2 cups water 1 cup butter, cubed 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1...
  14. Belle Montgomery

    Confederate in Christmas parade tells kids: ‘I got bullets. Want bullets?’ What if it was a cowboy?

    Here we go again...would this happen to someone dressed like a cowboy???I think not! One of the floats in the Christmas parade that rolled through Springdale, Arkansas, over the weekend was clearly not a sleigh carrying St. Nick. Christmas lights bedecked the trailer, pulled by a pickup...
  15. Eleanor Rose

    How Did Robert E. Lee Spend Christmas in 1861?

    I always enjoy living history events, especially those offered around the holidays. In searching out offerings for this holiday season, I came across an article that offered some insight into what General Lee, as well as some others, was doing on Christmas Day in 1861. I thought you might...
  16. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Ginger Drop Cakes with Butterscotch Sauce

    This sticky toffee pudding with more than a hint of gingerbread is a wonderful holiday treat, especially with plentiful butterscotch sauce added on top. Grandma Baum’s Ginger Drop Cakes Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup sour...
  17. Eleanor Rose

    Black Friday Is Coming: 19th Century Shopping Etiquette

    (Courtesy of The Victorian Life.) It seems the phrase, Black Friday, may have first been used in Philadelphia to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that occurred on the day after Thanksgiving. The term has now become almost synonymous with shopping mayhem. Well...
  18. Belle Montgomery

    General Lee and Santa Claus - 1867 Book

    Three young girls in the rebel South worry that Santa Claus doesn't really love them, since he has not visited them in four years, and they write a letter to General Robert E. Lee, asking his opinion: Read book online...
  19. Buckeye Bill

    Christmas Stockings

    Post a photo of your Christmas stocking. My wife handcrafted my American Civil War stocking in 2014. My family and friends do not have a clue my stocking is a Confederate design. Merry Christmas, Bill
  20. Eleanor Rose

    Sing a Song of Christmas!

    Wordpress Caroling is a European tradition that became especially popular during the Middle Ages. Groups of singers would go from house to house, singing songs and entertaining with skits in return for sweetcakes, a warming drink, or charity money. However, Christmas caroling became...
  21. L

    Hand Knit Civil War Sock Ornament

    For those sock knitters out there who would like to surprise your fellow Civil War enthusiasts/reenactors with a gift from the heart, I've adjusted the 1865 US Sanitary Commission Sock pattern, generously provided to us by Karin Timour, so that one can make a cute little ornament for the tree...
  22. Eleanor Rose

    A Little History of the Santa Claus Parade

    The holidays seem to officially arrive when Santa Claus arrives at the Macy's Day Parade, but small hometown Christmas Parades still hold a special place in many hearts. The American Christmas parade tradition began in Peoria, Illinois in 1887, with a parade on the Illinois River to celebrate...
  23. Jimklag

    Seasons Greetings

    The Railroads and Steam Locomotives forum would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone here at Civil War Talk.
  24. Eleanor Rose

    Modern Some of Eleanor Rose's Holiday Favorites

    I can't resist sharing some more holiday recipes for beverages and desserts. I hope I'm not duplicating ones that have already been shared. I searched so.... Pinterest Cherry Cheesecake Martini Ingredients: · 1/2 oz. brand of your choice Cake vodka · 3/4 oz. brand of your...
  25. Eleanor Rose

    Modern Liquid Scarlett O'Hara!

    Pinterest Is it me, or would it just seem wrong to make a drink called the Scarlett O’Hara without using Southern Comfort? This one is refreshing and ideal for the holidays! Scarlett O’Hara Drink Recipe 2 ounces Southern Comfort Dash of lime juice 6 ounces cranberry juice Garnish with a lime...
  26. Anna Elizabeth Henry

    History The Advent Calendar

    When I was a little girl growing up, I always looked forward to the first day in December not only because Christmas was that much closer, but because I would receive an Advent calendar with chocolates in it from my grandmother. I always loved opening the tiny doors to reveal holiday themed...
  27. Eleanor Rose

    Toy Trains and Victorian Christmases Past

    Long before the famed Polar Express, Victorian era children loved trains. Little boys were especially eager to play with pint-size versions of this new technology. 19th-century toymakers obliged, cranking out model trains in wood, cast iron and tin. By the first half of the 20th century...
  28. Cavalry Charger

    Best Christmas Memory

    I'm guessing a lot of us have at least one very specific or special Christmas memory. This thread is for people to share their favourite Christmas memory :) I'll start. I was probably about 6 years old, and Father Christmas featured large in my life at the time. In the lead up to Christmas...
  29. Eleanor Rose

    "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas" - Victorian Style

    Recipies moved the the It's Beginning to look a lot Like Christmas - Victorian Foods thread Image by Winslow Homer entitled "The Christmas-Tree." Harper's Weekly, December 25, 1858. The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree for the delight and amusement of young and old dates back to 16th...
  30. Eleanor Rose

    Period Victorian Christmas Confections

    I think most folks enjoy biting into a candy that reminds them of their childhood Christmases. It can be magical! As it turns out, many of our favorites originated in the 19th century. The first chocolate bar was made in 1847 and milk chocolate was invented in 1875. Our modern marshmallows...
  31. L

    When It Gets Weird ~ Christmas cards

    I'm not a Christmas card person. I've sent them out once in my entire life, and that was enough for me to decide it wasn't quite worth the hassle. If our culture went back to good old fashioned Victorian Christmas cards, however, I might reconsider. After all, nothing gets me into the festive...
  32. bdietzler73

    Christmas in the Lincoln Home

    I don't know how many of you have been to visit the Abraham Lincoln home in Springfield, Illinois but it's a must see for any Lincoln/Civil War fan. I would love to go there once a year and starting next year, I am going there and to the Presidential Library as well. It's a fun two day getaway...

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