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As we prepare to gather with our families to celebrate Easter, take the time to reflect, for a moment, what the Easter season means for you. Search your heart and find the love within it and how it got there. Also remember the 5 Easters of the Civil War. Try to imagine what your "First Person" was doing on those particular Sundays.....what was the weather like?.....did he sleep well the night before?.....what was he eating?...who was he thinking about?.....did he attend a camp Church service that morning? As Easter gives the world New Life, so also can you give new life to your First Person through your impression, knowledge and understanding of him. Never forget that he is more than a name you pick and call yourself for a weekend….He loved, laughed, sacrificed, had a personality, came home from the War different than he left….some died alone, with no one but you to remember them 150 years later……Remember them with dedication and honor.

We wish you and your family a Happy Easter and look forward to spending time with you as the reenacting season soon gets underway! To help you celebrate, please enjoy this recipe for Roast Ham!

Roast Ham

From "The Practical Housekeeper; A Cyclopedia of Domestic Economy" By Elizabeth Fries Ellet, 1857

Take a very fine ham (a Westphalia, if you can procure it), soak it in lukewarm water for a day or two, changing the water frequently. The day before you intend to cook it, take the ham out of the water, and, having removed the skin, trim it nicely, and pour over it a bottle of an inferior white wine; let it steep till next morning, frequently during the day washing the wine over it; put it in a cradle-spit in time to allow at least six hours for slowly roasting it; baste with hot water continually. When done, dredge it with fine bread raspings, and brown before the fire.

Easter Fun Facts

German immigrants brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America. It was widely ignored by other Christians until shortly after the Civil War. In fact, Easter itself was not widely celebrated in America until after that time.

In the United States in the early nineteenth century, Dolly Madison, the wife of the fourth American President, organized an egg roll in Washington, D.C. She had been told that Egyptian children used to roll eggs against the pyramids so she invited the children of Washington to roll hard-boiled eggs down the hilly lawn of the new Capitol building! The custom continued, except for the years during the Civil War.

Dates for Easter During the Civil War:

March 31st 1861
April 20th 1862
April 5th 1863
March 27th 1864
April 16th 1865



“The snow is about seven or eight inches deep. I don’t think we will have a very gay Easter today, as game is skearce, and we can get no eggs.” -Jer Coggin, CSA Camp of the 23rd N.C. Reg., Near Guinea Station, Va.
Easter Sunday 1865 Confederate Brigadier General Robert C. Taylor was killed in action at West Point, Ga. He was the last general to be killed in the civil war one week after Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia.


Easter Sunday 1865, Jefferson Davis and the fleeing government of the Confederacy, spent the night at the rectory of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, North Carolina.
 

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“The snow is about seven or eight inches deep. I don’t think we will have a very gay Easter today, as game is skearce, and we can get no eggs.” -Jer Coggin, CSA Camp of the 23rd N.C. Reg., Near Guinea Station, Va.
The Jer Coggin from the above quote is my great, great, great, great uncle. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in C company of the 23rd N.C.
 
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