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  1. 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...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Camp Food Civil War Beef Stew

    Army of the Potomac – Union soldiers cooking dinner in camp – Library of Congress "We grab our plates and cups, and wait for no second invitation. We each get a piece of meat and a potato, a chunk of bread and a cup of coffee with a spoonful of brown sugar in it. Milk and butter we buy, or go...
  3. lelliott19

    Golden Thread Interview: Longstreet says the trouble with Jeff Davis was "his meddling with military affairs"

    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 opines on "the trouble with" Jefferson Davis. "Do you think, General...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Baby It's Cold Outside!

    There’s getting to be a slight chill in the air so it got me thinking about how my Victorian friends might have dressed to keep warm when they were outside. We’ve all seen pictures of women’s gowns with wide puffy sleeves. The sleeves were so big that they could not fit into the sleeve of a...
  5. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Sweet Potato Fritters

    Sweet potato fritters from an 1885 San Francisco cookbook. This fritter recipe is from the collection of vegetable recipes published in 1885 by Jules Arthur Harder, the head chef at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Sweet Potato Fritters Peel half a dozen boiled Sweet Potatoes, cut off both...
  6. 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...
  7. Eleanor Rose

    Trying to Look Pretty in the Mid-19th Century

    "Southern Belles" by Alan Maley In the Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information (1889), there is an entire chapter dedicated to the "secrets of beauty" because… "If women are to govern, control, manage, influence and retain the adoration of husbands, fathers, brothers, lovers...
  8. lelliott19

    Near-fatal Scorpion Sting at Fair Oaks, VA 1862 - 6th New York Cavalry

    They say that scorpions aren't very common in Virginia, but there is this one kind -- known as the Southern Devil Scorpion. Apparently, these have venom. And sometimes, the venom can cause anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal. James Scully, age 21, enlisted into Company H, 6th New York...
  9. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Parkin

    (Pinterest) Parkin is an authentic old-fashioned English oatmeal and treacle (molasses) cake. It is a delicious sticky cake that reminds me of traditional gingerbread. Parkin Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups medium oatmeal 3/4 cup all-purpose (plain) flour 1/2 cup brown sugar (maybe just a tad bit...
  10. USS ALASKA

    Book On Civil War Ironclad Captains, Forward by Mark F. Jenkins

    https://www.amazon.com/Ironclad-Captains-Civil-Myron-Smith-ebook/dp/B07JR1R773/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543612575&sr=1-1&keywords=Ironclad+Captains+of+the+Civil+War Smith Authors New Book On Civil War Ironclad Captains Tusculum University Professor Emeritus Myron J. “Jack” Smith Jr. has...
  11. lelliott19

    Interview: Longstreet says Hooker Mansfield & Richardson were the aggressive Union Genls at Antietam

    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 part of the interview, General Longstreet explains why the shots that eliminated Hooker, Mansfield, and Richardson were significant...
  12. 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...
  13. USS ALASKA

    Unadilla-class gunboats

    http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/86/098632501.jpg http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/86/098632504.jpg Unadilla-Class Gunboats Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:59 AM By Emily Hegranes While the Unadilla-class was created to enforce blockades, the gunboats participated in a variety of...
  14. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Southern Skillet Cornbread

    (Photo courtesy of Food Network.) There are two non-negotiables when making traditional Southern cornbread: There's no sugar added and there's no better way to bake it than in a cast-iron skillet. Southern Skillet Cornbread Ingredients: 1 pound Hickory Smoked bacon 2 cups cornmeal ½ cup flour...
  15. Eleanor Rose

    Victorian "Bluestockings"

    "In the Library" by August Toulmouche, 1872. The Victorian “bluestocking” was defined as, “a stiff, stilted, queer literary woman of a dubious age.” This stereotype actually made its way into an 1883 edition of the Popular Encyclopedia, where a “bluestocking” was defined as a “pedantic female”...
  16. Eleanor Rose

    Making Sense of Victorian Scents

    Pot Pourri Herbert James Draper, circa 1897 While a Victorian lady was not known for wearing excessive fragrance, perfumes were as much a part of her beauty regime as hair and skin care. These perfumes were generally simpler than the ones we know today and consisted, in large part, of florals...
  17. Eleanor Rose

    History Autumn Tea

    (Pinterest) Properly preparing tea in the home was one of the few domestic tasks that even 19th century aristocratic women would not delegate to servants. @John Hartwell's delightful thread, "Tea Time for All," brought this recipe to mind. Autumn Tea: Ingredients: 5 Tea Bags 5 Cups Boiling...
  18. lelliott19

    Period Improved Method for Boiling Coffee: 44th New York Infantry

    "It occurs to me that the little details of our camp life are are fading away, and that they are well worth sketching for the present generation, which knows not war; for this year's voter was born after the war was over." ~ Charles Ezra Sprague, Company E, 44th New York Infantry During the...
  19. luinrina

    McConihe brothers

    John McConihe was born in Troy, New York on September 4, 1834 as fifth child of Judge Isaac McConihe and his wife Sarah Strong McConihe. The McConihe family originated from Scotland. When John McConihe was 16 years old, he went to Union College in Schenectady, New York which he graduated in...
  20. Pat Young

    A Close Look at Thomas Nast's Cartoon "Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving Dinner" 1869 Immigrants Welcome Here

    One of Thomas Nast's most reproduced cartoons is his 1869 Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving Dinner depicting a new America at the dinner table. While an 1860 version of this cartoon might have shown only white Anglo-Saxon Protestants seated at the table, with perhaps a black waiter and an Irish cook in...
  21. lelliott19

    Interview: Longstreet says McClellan's lost opportunity was the "most disastrous failure of the war"

    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 part of the interview, General Longstreet continues his assessment in response to the question, ""What estimate do you place upon...
  22. lelliott19

    Act of Kindness: Captured Sword of Col. Francis A Walker Returned by Tige Anderson 1880

    In August of 1864, Francis Amasa Walker was a Colonel serving as Adjutant-General on the staff of Winfield Scott Hancock. George Thomas "Tige" Anderson was Brigadier General of Anderson's Brigade, Field's Division, Longstreet's Corps, ANV. His brigade consisted of the 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, and...
  23. lelliott19

    Interview: Longstreet says McClellan was "timid and vacillating and totally lacking in vigor"

    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 part of the interview, General Longstreet says that that McClellan was always planning "of the necessities in case of defeat." To some...
  24. ARW

    Jerome Furman 2nd Lieutenant Murdered

    Jerome Ticknor Furman, my 1st cousin 3 generations back, first served as a Sergeant on Co. B of the 52nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry from October 1861 until August 1863, when he was granted his discharge to accept a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the first negro regiment, Co...
  25. Eleanor Rose

    Fashionable Thanksgiving Dining

    Dressing for Dinner: For the Ladies: Do not dress above your station; it is a grievous mistake, and leads to great evils, besides being the proof of a complete lack of taste. Do not expose the neck and arms at dinner. (The lady in the pic above is in trouble. :wink:) For the Gentlemen...
  26. lelliott19

    Interview: Longstreet says Lee had a "dangerous confidence"

    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 part of the interview, General Longstreet says that General Lee did not usually underestimate his opponent, but may have tended to...
  27. Eleanor Rose

    Victorian High Fashion or Hot Mess?

    I always enjoy viewing beautiful Victorian dresses on display in museums. Since it has been a rainy and chilly day in my neck of the woods, I decided to spend my afternoon taking a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On my "visit" I discovered that not every Victorian dress was...
  28. mt155

    Waterhouse

    Another photo take during The Epic Hike weekend at Shiloh. Waterhouse's morning position in Rhea Field.
  29. Pat Young

    Visiting a Confederate, and several Union, Graves in Patchogue on Long Island, NY

    @John Hartwell asked me about Confederate veterans buried at a cemetery which apparently no longer exists. According to a clipping from the 1890s, a Confederate Veterans post in NYC had arranged for a Confederate veterans plot at "Willow Grove Cemetery" on "Long Island." A friend told me that...
  30. 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...
  31. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Turkey Dressing

    In 1887 a Good Housekeeping reader wrote in with the following recipe: "The following directions for making an excellent "turkey dressing" may be of service to your readers at the festive season of the year: Take one pint of soaked bread, and season with two teaspoonfuls of salt and Bell's...
  32. JPK Huson 1863

    Red River Dam, View From The Deck Of Mound City

    Bailey's Dam , illustration'from Frank Leslie's. Thousands worked on the dam, thousands watched. It was a huge spectacle- love to have been a witness. J. B. A., seaman on USS Mound City, left us the view from the top. Still my favorite story of the whole war, cannot figure out why there's no...
  33. Eleanor Rose

    The Soldier's Daughter

    The Soldier's Daughter by Sarah E. Howard. A littler girl her mother sought, A troubled look upon her face,-- "At school they tease me; had they ought To tell me that my father fought For nothing, or for less than naught? To be a soldier brave, I thought Was honor, not disgrace. "Because he...
  34. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Old-Fashioned Mulled Wine Jelly Candies

    (Pinterest) The holidays are just around the corner and homemade candies are still in style as gifts for friends and neighbors. They also make great hostess gifts. So get your Victorian on and make some tasty treats for gift-giving this year! Old-Fashioned Mulled Wine Jelly Candies...
  35. 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...
  36. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Coasting Cookies

    (Courtesy of This Victorian Life.) This original recipe appeared in Elizabeth S. Miller’s book, In the Kitchen, in 1875. It appears these cookies got their name because, “Coasting and snow-balling were the bloom and glow of those long, icy months.” Coasting is a reference to sledding...
  37. Eleanor Rose

    Did General Longstreet Sue His Mother?

    General James Longstreet's mother. Apparently he did. The old Chancery Court record books of Madison County document (Record Book R, pages 496 – 511) the Chancery Case Number 374 involving Dent family members and the family of James Longstreet of Richmond County, Georgia. This James...
  38. mt155

    Willard's Battery

    Taken while attending the Epic Hike with Tim Smith last Saturday. Willard's Battery near the George Manse Cabin. Shiloh National Military Park
  39. lelliott19

    Interview: Longstreet on Gettysburg Controversies

    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 part of the interview, General Longstreet discusses controversies after Gettysburg. ...The general then proceeded to discuss some of...
  40. Eleanor Rose

    Healthy, Silky Hair in the 19th Century

    Young girl with "sausage" curls, circa 1860. Image is by Anson of New York, N.Y. Did your grandmother ever tell you to brush your hair 100 strokes or so before bed each night? This was often advised in years past as a way to create healthy, silky hair. Well a lot of today’s fashionistas say...


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