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  1. Eleanor Rose

    Period Watermelon Cake: You've Got to Read This One!

    1855 (Public Domain) When I first came across this recipe, I thought it might be a joke. It isn't. This might make a great cake for a child’s birthday party. The kids would be so busy picking out the raisins they wouldn't notice the icing made of spinach goop. Frankly this recipe lost me...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Blue Blazer

    The Blue Blazer was a popular flaming drink in 1862. This recipe comes from How to Mix Drinks: Or, the Bon-Vivant’s Companion by Jerry Thomas. Blue Blazer. (Use two large silver-plated mugs, with handles.) 1 wine-glass of Scotch whiskey. 1 do. [ditto] boiling water. Put the whiskey and the...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    How to Build a Snow Giant in 1895

    (Public Domain) For many of us the winter months bring back fond memories of building snowmen, snowwomen or snow people - whichever you prefer to call it. For some of us the winter months still bring us opportunities to test our sculpting skills. Well, The Modern Playmate published directions...
  4. Jimklag

    January 11 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 11, 1807 - Alfred Eugene "Mudwall" Jackson, Brigadier General is born in Davidson County, Tennessee. (Confederate Army) January 11, 1812 - The Giles Bill is signed into law. It increases the sized of the Army...
  5. Andy Cardinal

    Say What? Saturday: Slocum Reacts to Hooker's Orders at Chancellorsville, May 1, 1863

    When Joseph Hooker was named commander of the Army of the Potomac in January, 1863, the officer corps was skeptical. Hooker was known to be self-promoter who had been intriguing for the top spot. But he surprised his subordinates by improving supply and restoring morale. Hooker surprised his...
  6. Jimklag

    January 10 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 10, 1811 - Louisiana slaves rebel in 2 parishes. January 10, 1815 - Alexander Brydie Dyer, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1874) January 10, 1815 - Thomas Williams...
  7. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Bird’s Nest Pudding: Original Receipt

    (Public Domain) From The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia Maria Child in 1833: "If you wish to make what is called ‘Bird’s-nest puddings,’ prepare your custard,–take eight or ten pleasant apples, pare them and dig out the core, but leave them whole, set them in a pudding dish, pour your...
  8. Eleanor Rose

    Achoo! Surviving the Common Cold in Victorian Times

    The Invalid by William Powell Frith, 1890. (Public Domain) It’s that time of year again – cold and flu season. The nagging cough, aches and congestion can be really tough to handle. So how did our Victorian friends manage when these illnesses struck? Did they give up and take to their beds or...
  9. Jimklag

    January 9 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 9, 1803 - Christopher Gustavus Memminger, Secretary of the Treasury (Confederacy), born in Vaihingen, Electorate of Württemberg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1888) January 9, 1816 - John Palmer Usher, Secretary of the...
  10. Jimklag

    January 8 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 8, 1811 - January 10, 1811 - Slaves revolt in Louisiana, led by Charles Deslondes. January 8, 1814 - Thomas Green, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Buckingham County, VA. (d. 1864) January 8...
  11. Jimklag

    January 7 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 7, 1799 - Daniel Tyler, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, Connecticut (d. 1882) January 7, 1800 - Millard Fillmore born, near Summerhill, New York. January 7, 1808 - Jacob Ammen...
  12. Jimklag

    January 5 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 5, 1794 - Southern agriculturist, writer and nationalistic leader Edmund Ruffin born, Prince George County, Virginia. January 5, 1804 - The Ohio legislature passes 1st laws restricting free blacks movement...
  13. Jimklag

    January 4 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 4, 1789 - Abolitionist Benjamin Lundy born, Hardwick, New Jersey. January4, 1821 - John James Peck, American Major General (Union Army), born in Manlius, New York (d. 1878) January4, 1822 - Joseph Jones...
  14. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Baked Lemon Pudding

    (Public Domain - Creative Commons Zero ) Here’s an oldie, but a goodie originally published in Sarah Josepha Hale’s “The Good Housekeeper” in 1839. I've also included an adapted version of the same recipe. Be forewarned it is very lemony. Get ready to pucker! Original Recipe Boil in water...
  15. alan polk

    Say What Saturday: Burials After Chickasaw Bayou

    December 26-29, 1862. While Grant marched south along the Central Mississippi Railroad, Sherman moved down the Mississippi River from Memphis and attacked Vicksburg at Chickasaw Bayou. Samuel Mitchel was a Confederate private helping to hold the works at the base of the mighty Chickasaw Bluffs...
  16. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Victorians Loved These Cream Puffs

    (Public Domain) “If a list had to be made of the articles of pastry held highest in popular esteem, cream puffs would be found somewhere near the beginning.” ~ The American Pastry Book by Jessup Whitehead, 1894 Our Victorian friends loved cream puffs for dessert and as tea-time treats...
  17. Jimklag

    January 1 In Civil War History

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 1, 1808 - Importation of slaves into the United States becomes illegal. January 1, 1819 - George Foster Shepley, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Saco, Maine (d. 1878)...
  18. Eleanor Rose

    Hurting for Love and Attention

    (Public Domain) From the late 1800s through the early 1900s, a handful of European doctors wrote of otherwise healthy patients (men and women) who turned up at hospitals with faked diseases or who seemed addicted to surgical procedures. During the late 19th century the condition was referred to...
  19. Eleanor Rose

    The Very Real Danger of Living in the Past

    (Credit: Wellcome Collection) The Grim Reaper seemed to always be just around the corner in the Mid-19th century. A fancy dress or a beautiful piece of wallpaper could spell doom and despair. Fortunately, modern advances and mandated safeguards have greatly improved our life expectancy today...
  20. luinrina

    Traveler’s Companion – 2019 in review

    🧭 Traveler’s Companion 🎉 2019 - IN REVIEW 🎇 Any serious student of the Civil War knows that a battle and campaign is best studied by walking the ground where the action happened. The lay of the land was fundamental to a battle’s and campaign’s development; understanding the geography is to...
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