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mikecmaps
CAMARILLO CA USA
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Happy Thanksgiving 2022
11/24/2022 12:41:36 PM

Happy Thanksgiving to all our fellow readers/posters 2022
Best wishes that all enjoy happy day with family and friends.
Civil war tie-in;

George Blunt a New Yorker, wanted to lift the spirits of union soldiers by sending lavish supplies of poultry, pies, puddings all ready to serve and eat to be received Nov 24 1864. He wrote Lincoln “to show those who are fighting our battles that they are remembered and honored.” The idea was quickly picked up in many northern cities. In Pittsburgh soldiers got two hundred barrels of apples, ten barrels of canned fruit, and mincemeat for six thousand pies. 400,000 boxes and barrels were shipped from New York to City Point for the troops around Richmond and Petersburg. Over 350,000 pounds of poultry was sent from the New York poultry market. Most soldiers in the Armies of the James, Shenandoah, and Potomac received a special feast.

The news of the special thanksgiving project was pickup by southern papers too. Of course the confederates attempted to duplicate the effort. It was planned as a festive dinner for New Year’s day 1865. But not very successfully. One soldier said they received 3 or 4 bites of bread and 3 bites of meat. Another noted he received one third a loaf of bread and one third the regular meat ration. A few confederate soldiers remembered it as a “fizzle”, a “farce”, a “failure.” The Richmond Examiner later apologised for the disappointing results and said that speculators had ended up with much of the money that had been donated for the meal.

Respectfully, Mike_C.
mikecmaps
Michigan Dave
Muskegon MI USA
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Happy Thanksgiving 2022
11/24/2022 5:17:55 PM
Hi Mike,

I don't imagine that the Confederacy had much in the way of a menu for holidays towards the end of the Civil War!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you, & all of MHO!

Cheers,
MD
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Phil Andrade
London  UK
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Happy Thanksgiving 2022
11/24/2022 6:13:46 PM
Quote:
Hi Mike,

I don't imagine that the Confederacy had much in the way of a menu for holidays towards the end of the Civil War!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you, & all of MHO!

Cheers,
MD



Remember this : was it Joan Baez ?

“ In the winter of sixty five,

We were hungry

We were barely alive.”

The night they drive old Dixie down…..

Hope you folks across the pond have enjoyed yourselves today !

Regards, Phil
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