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  1. Jimklag

    December 14 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 14, 1799 - George Washington, first President of the United States (1789-97), dies at 66 at his Mount Vernon estate. December 14, 1799 - 1830 - Allen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Period Chestnut Stuffing for Christmas

    (Public Domain) Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…. And roast they did because chestnuts were a favorite of our Victorian friends. Chestnut stuffing was found on most 19th century dinner tables at Christmas and it isn't hard to make. Ingredients: 3 cups French chestnuts 1/8 teaspoon pepper...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    Is Your Favorite Christmas Carol On This 19th Century List?

    Just for fun, here’s a list of carols written during or around the mid-19th century. Angels We Have Heard on High (1862) Come Buy my Nice Fresh Ivy or O’Carolan’s Lament (1849) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1833) Good King Wenceslas (1853) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (1855) Jingle Bells...
  4. lelliott19

    My Great Great Grandparents' House Burned by Union Army NW Alabama

    For those who have heard this before, bear with me. I'm going to tell the story here again because I just found a newspaper article that confirms the approximate date that my great great grandparents' house was burned by Union forces in NW Alabama. When we were kids, my sister and I sat in the...
  5. Jimklag

    December 12 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 12, 1800 - Washington, D.C., established as the capital of the United States of America. December 12, 1806 - Stand Watie, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Calhoun, Georgia (d. 1871)...
  6. lelliott19

    Say What Anniversary Special: Thomas R. R. Cobb at Fredericksburg

    157 YEARS AGO - December 13, 1862. Brigadier General Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb was mortally wounded while commanding his brigade behind the stone wall, beneath Marye's Heights at the Battle of Fredericksburg. A Union artillery shell burst near the Stephens house and a piece of shrapnel hit him...
  7. lelliott19

    Say What Anniversary Special: Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg

    The writer was an eye witness to the charge of the Irish brigade at Fredericksburg. General Lee had, at the time, the finest army in history. Two formidable lines of battle were protected by a rock wall and defended by Cobb's and Kershaw's brigades of McLaw's division (one fourth of whom, I...
  8. Jimklag

    December 10 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 10, 1805 - William Lloyd Garrison, American abolitionist publisher (The Liberator), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1879) December 10, 1813 - Zachariah Chandler, American merchant and politician (a...
  9. Jimklag

    December 8 On Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 8, 1765 - Eli Whitney, American inventor (Cotton Gin), born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1825) December 8, 1822 - Luther Prentice Bradley, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in New Haven...
  10. Eleanor Rose

    Down, But Not Out

    Photograph of a hobo taken by Charles C. Pierce, 1861-1946. (Public Domain) Homelessness emerged as a national issue in the 1870s, when in the years following the Civil War a veritable army of homeless men swept across America. These men came to be known as hobos and slowly took command of...
  11. Eleanor Rose

    Pucker Up or Why We Kiss Under the Mistletoe

    (Public Domain) According to The Smithsonian magazine, the romantic symbolization of the mistletoe comes from ancient Norse mythology. Baldur, the grandson of a Norse god, woke up one morning convinced that every plant and animal on earth wanted to kill him. Fearing for Baldur's life, his...
  12. Eleanor Rose

    Hairpin Pilfering

    Apparently there was a new craze in 1883 - hairpin pilfering. According to the Harrisburg, PA Telegraph newspaper in October of 1883, "The boys are all gathering hairpins." It seems the fad started off innocently enough with boys asking favored girls for hairpins as keepsakes, but a prominent...
  13. Jimklag

    December 6 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 6, 1809 - Stephen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Vermont (d. 1903) December 6, 1816 - Henry Eustace McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Rutherford County...
  14. Eleanor Rose

    Ring Turning: It Was All the Craze!

    Copyright by F.A. Stokes Co., 1905 (Printed in America) - Free to use with attribution to CC BY According to a 19th century New York newspaper story reprinted in many papers — including the Cincinnati Enquirer on Oct. 21, 1893 — young women in offices were acting mysteriously by reaching out...
  15. Jimklag

    December 5 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 5, 1782 - Martin Van Buren born, Kinderhook, NY. December 5, 1820 - In his annual report to the Senate, Treasury Secretary William Crawford asks the Congress to forgive up to 1/3 the debt owed by purchasers of...
  16. Jimklag

    December 3 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 3, 1806 - Henry A. Wise, American lawyer and politician (33rd Governor of Virginia), born in Drummondtown, Virginia (d. 1876) December 3, 1809 - Thomas Alfred Davies, American Brevet Major General (Union...
  17. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Victorian Pear Recipes

    (Public Domain) From 'The Dictionary of Daily Wants' by Robert Kemp Philp - published in 1859: PEAR JELLY. - Peel and cut ripe pears into quarters, and boil them into a marmalade with water; then pass the marmalade through a sieve, so as to leave only the juice, and boil it with sugar in equal...
  18. Eleanor Rose

    Doing Laundry the Victorian Way

    This photo is from 1901, but things hadn’t changed much since the mid-19th century. (Public Domain) Most folks don’t enjoy doing the laundry, but in the 19th century the process had to begin long before laundry day (typically on a Monday). Many of our Victorian friends made their own soap...
  19. Jimklag

    December 2 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 2, 1802 - Melancthon Smith Wade, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1868) December 2, 1806 - Thomas Jefferson asks Congress to ban all slave importation on January 1, 1808...
  20. lelliott19

    Re-enlisted "For Forty Years or the War" - Humphreys' Mississippi Brigade February 1864

    [The Daily Sun. (Columbus, Ga.), March 20, 1864, page 2.] The men will follow Longstreet anywhere, some of them facetiously have re-enlisted "for forty years or the war," others "for this war and three years of the next one." By March of 1864, three years had passed since many Confederate...
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