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  1. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Potlikker

    (Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of the American South) Potlikker is the liquid left behind after boiling collards and it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals. Don’t make the mistake of calling it a broth. It’s really more like a soup - one that develops as collards simmer. And yes, it is spelled...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Southern Sweet Potato Cake

    (Pinterest) January 8 is my favorite General’s birthday so this recipe is in his honor. General Longstreet loved sweet potatoes so I think he would have liked this cake. It has just the right amount of spice to compliment the sweet potato. And yes, there is real sweet potato in this cake...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    The Birth of "Southern Hospitality"

    It seems the phrase “Southern hospitality” wasn’t used until the 1820s or 1830s, when national debates about slavery intensified. For many, the idea of “Southern hospitality” became a way of defending the Southern lifestyle and a political system that depended on slavery. Even today, “Southern...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    This Historic Church is Worth a Visit!

    The feeling of peace and tranquility that one experiences upon entering this church is indescribable. It is truly a respite from the busy streets of New Orleans. The Immaculate Conception church, locally known as Jesuit church, is a Roman Catholic church in the Central Business District of New...
  5. Eleanor Rose

    Period Chocolate Covered Drunken Cherries

    (Pinterest) I’ve been a fan of chocolate covered cherries since I was a child, but as an adult I’ve found it is fun to kick them up a notch by spiking them with delicious liquors. There are plenty of confectioners that make cherry cordials, but the three most popular are Cella’s, Queen Anne’s...
  6. Pat Young

    Happy Emancipation Day from the Reconstruction Forum!

    When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863, Black communities around the United States were already celebrating before the official word arrived via telegraph. Many cities held "watch parties" beginning the night before to await the signing. This...
  7. Eleanor Rose

    Did You Hear the Footsteps at Midnight?

    “First-Footing” was critical to New Year’s Eve in the Victorian Era. “First Footing” literally means the first foot to cross your threshold after midnight. This visitor was expected to bring a gift of bread, salt, coal, whisky, food or greenery to ensure a prosperous and healthy year ahead. I...
  8. Stiles/Akin

    Joseph E Johnston No General

    Not sure id this was written in jest or they were upset with him handling his own baggage.
  9. Eleanor Rose

    State of Virginia v. Longstreet

    Wood engraving of the Virginia Military Institute from the 1863 Register of the Officers and Cadets of the Virginia Military Institute. A lot of folks don't realize how much financial trouble General Longstreet suffered after the Civil War ended. He was unable to pay his son Garland's tuition...
  10. lelliott19

    45th Georgia at Gettysburg Day 3: Bliss Barn, a well in an apple orchard, & Tom Brown's last run

    "His wrath was up and, undaunted by fear, he bravely announced his intention of making another run for the boys. This time taking but six canteens, he went across the intervening space in a run and disappeared from the Forty-fifth Georgia regiment forever. That was Tom Brown's last run. He gave...
  11. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Marlborough Pie

    Marlborough Pie was enormously popular until the late 19th century. Writing in 1893 in his book "A New England Boyhood," author Edward Everett Hale says, "... there was always a great deal of talk about the Marlborough pies or the Marlborough pudding. To this hour, in any old and...
  12. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic New Year's Cookies

    We can thank our colonial era Dutch settlers for introducing New Year's Cookies to America. Sometimes called New Year's Cakes, these thin crisp sugar cookies were traditionally flavored with caraway, lemon and sometimes cider. Recipes for New Year's Cookies were very popular in the 1840s...
  13. Eleanor Rose

    19th Century Tradition Still Burning Bright!

    The Great River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA is home to a unique holiday lighting display – the Christmas Bonfires. Dozens of 20-feet-high flaming pyramids of burning logs are built along the earthen levees each December and set ablaze on Christmas Eve. The Christmas Bonfires...
  14. USS ALASKA

    Value of Manufactures 1860

    Zoomable PDF can be found here - https://etc.usf.edu/maps/pages/2800/2869/2869.pdf Description: A map of the United States showing the value of manufactures (in millions) and distribution of staple agricultural products in 1860. The map illustrates the disparity between the manufacturing–based...
  15. O' Be Joyful

    Silent Night: How a Beloved Christmas Carol Was Born of War

    Franz Xaver Gruber, Autograph VII, 1860 (© Salzburg Museum / Museum Association On Christmas Eve in 1818, two men with a small guitar entered a church in Oberndorf, Austria, and prepared to sing a new Christmas carol. Times had been bad in Oberndorf, where many people worked on the water...
  16. lelliott19

    Christmas Truce at Fredericksburg & Happy Holidays from the Medical Care Forum

    Happiest of holidays to everyone at Civil War Talk, from the Medical Care Forum! "...Night came on, and those not on duty, lay down on the frozen ground to dream of other Christmas nights, when we knew not of war." It was Christmas day [1862] and after partaking of a Christmas dinner of salt...
  17. Pat Young

    Holiday Greetings to All from the Reconstruction Forum

    Merry Christmas and Kwanzaa Blessings to Everyone
  18. Pat Young

    Remembering the Fredericksburg Dead of the Irish Brigade in Queens, N.Y. Dec. 15. 2018 Photo Tour

    The Battle of Fredericksburg took place 156 years ago this week. Today, in Calvary Cemetery in Queens the New York National Guard held its annual memorial service for the men of the Irish Brigade who gave their lives at Fredericksburg. Over several posts, I will upload photos of the event.
  19. donna

    Authentic Meat Cakes

    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...
  20. 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...
  21. Eleanor Rose

    History Cooking With Kudzu

    Kudzu growing in the wild. Well now I’ve heard everything! Folks are cooking with kudzu. Yes, that’s right. They’re cooking with the weeds covering old buildings and hills and growing all over the side of the road. Apparently if you choose to cook with Kudzu, you should choose only the...
  22. Eleanor Rose

    General Lee Did Say It Wasn’t General Longstreet’s Fault!

    The following is an excerpt from “Longstreet's Courier—Memorable Words of Confederate Leaders--A Time when they were Sorely Tried--What Might Have Been--The Part Played by Hood” by William Youngblood, of Alabama: For many years I have thought of writing out for the public what I know of the...
  23. USS ALASKA

    The Long Blue Line: Lighthouse Service during the Civil War

    U.S. Lighthouse Service tender Van Santvoort was transferred to the Union Navy in 1861 and served as the gunboat USS Coeur de Lion during the Civil War. U.S. Coast Guard Collection. The Long Blue Line: Lighthouse Service during the Civil War Posted by Diana Sherbs, Thursday, June 22, 2017...
  24. USS ALASKA

    Historic marker dedicated to Bristol railroad history and train station

    https://www.todaysphoto.org/potd/large/bristol-train-station.jpg Historic marker dedicated to Bristol railroad history and train station LEIF GREISS | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER Dec 4, 2018 Updated Dec 4, 2018 The land for the railroad facilities was donated in 1848 by the Rev. James King, and...
  25. Eleanor Rose

    Meet The Fox Sisters

    (Youtube) It is generally agreed that the modern Spiritualist movement began on April 1, 1848, in the village of Hydesville, New York, when two sisters, Margaret (age 14) and Kate Fox (age 11), claimed that they had communicated with the ghost of a man murdered at their house years before their...
  26. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Pineapple Rum Tartlets

    (Pinterest) Pineapple was beloved by our Victorian friends and is a natural complement to meals where ham is served. So Christmas comes to mind as a holiday where these Pineapple Rum Tartlets could grace your table. These treats are a bit time consuming to make so they’re well suited to...
  27. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Grand Army Punch

    (Library of Congress) In 1883, Patrick H. “Patsy” McDonough, a bartender from Rochester, New York, published a recipe for Grand Army Punch. Unless he served as a drummer boy, McDonough was too young to have worn the blue uniform, but he undoubtedly knew many who did. This punch recipe was...
  28. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Mrs. Ellis's Pumpkin Pie

    A 19th century Christmas feast would not have been complete without dessert. This is an 1843 recipe for pumpkin pie from Mrs. Ellis’s Housekeeping Made Easy. Unlike recipes we find in Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, this recipe does not start with the measurements and the suggested...
  29. Eleanor Rose

    Time Well Spent Is Priceless

    "Gathering Ferns" by Helen Allingham, 1871. Our Victorian friends didn’t have access to television or the internet, but they found plenty of ways to "spend" their free time. Here are a few of the hobbies that were popular during the Victorian era. Be forewarned, some might seem a little...
  30. 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...
  31. 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...
  32. lelliott19

    Union "Raft Battery" on the Pamunkey River, VA June 26, 1862

    I have read about "raft batteries" on the Mississippi River -- at Island No. 10 (March/April 1862) and at Vicksburg in 1863, but I had no idea that they were used on the Pamunkey River in Virginia during the Seven Days. Sure wouldn't have wanted to be the cannoneers assigned to that duty! Here...
  33. lelliott19

    Interview: Longstreet says "It was lack of statesmanship that beat us..."

    On the occasion of Longstreet's visit to Antietam in 1893, a correspondent of the Washington Post recorded the General's opinions on a number of topics. In this, the closing section of the interview, General Longstreet continues his response to the question: "Do you think, General Longstreet...
  34. 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...
  35. lelliott19

    Interview: Longstreet says Jeff Davis "could not brook criticism of his views nor his favorites"

    On the occasion of Longstreet's visit to Antietam in 1893, a correspondent of the Washington Post recorded the General's opinions on a number of topics. In this, the closing section of the interview, General Longstreet continues his response to the question: "Do you think, General Longstreet...
  36. Pat Young

    Photos of Two Civil War Era Fire Fighting Vehicles from the NY City Fire Museum

    Last night I visited the New York City Fire Museum. It is a small museum in a retired firehouse on Spring Street in Manhattan. There are two pieces of large equipment there that were in use at the time of the Civil War. Since one was from Staten Island and the other from Brooklyn, it is unlikely...
  37. USS ALASKA

    Population Map

    While doing some research for the Transcontinental Railroad thread, came across this map ... http://www.jcshepard.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/map_us_rail_1861.png ...really serves to illustrate @wausaubob 's posts of the tremendous differences in population -...
  38. USS ALASKA

    Connecticut shipbuilding

    http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/86/098623901.jpg Historically Speaking: Local shipyards made major contributions in Civil War By Richard Curland For The Bulletin Posted Dec 2, 2018 at 3:09 PM Updated Dec 2, 2018 at 3:09 PM Mystic led the way in Connecticut shipbuilding during the Civil...


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