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Dear Siblings,

We've won. I am finally going back home. It's not a dream anymore it's really happening. I've heard there was a final battle of the Civil War at Saylor's creek because the people didn't receive the news about the Civil War ending but the result is the same ether way. The Union won. I can finally start dreaming what life is like back home. How is it? Are you guys happy? Has a lot changed these past years? I will finally be able to know. See you guys soon.


S. Taylor

1865 Blog Post

Dearest Sally,

            This war is now over and I have written to you to tell you that I will be home shortly to greet you and the children. Abe increased the morale of all of the soldiers who had heard his inaugural speech for his second term. At Saylor's Creek, we were able to get 8,000 Confederate troops to surrender! He even stated "My God! Has my army dissolved?"! Abe was assassinated by Booth while he was watching a play called "Our American Cousin" if you haven't already heard.The good news is that Booth was found in a barn and was shot and killed. I will see you very soon, for the troops are heading home.

                                                                                                  Your one and only,

1865 Recipe

Hardtack Recipe


3 Cups of Flour2 Tablespoons of Salt1 Cup of WaterInstructions Preheat your oven to 375°. Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl. Gradually mix in the water until you form a dough that doesn’t stick to your hands. It will be very stick at first, but just keep forming it and shaping it until it’s not too sticky. You’ll need to use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into a square. Make sure it’s no more than half an inch thick or it won’t bake well. Now carefully cut the dough into 9 squares. Using a nail, make a 4×4 grid of holes in each of the squares. Put all the pieces on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake them for 30 minutes. Now turn the squares over and bake for another 30 minutes. Remove them from the oven and let them cool off. 

1865 recipe

Lemon macaroons

For macaron shells: 1 cup (100gr) almond flour3/4 cup (100gr) powdered sugar2 large egg whites (about 70gr)¼ teaspoon cream of tartar,¼ cup (50gr) sugar,1 teaspoon lemon zest,½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract,½ teaspoon lemon juice,Yellow gel food coloring For lemon buttercream: 3 tablespoons (40gr) unsalted butter, softened1 cup (130gr) powdered sugar2 teaspoons heavy cream1 tablespoon lemon juice1 teaspoon lemon zest½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract1/8 teaspoon salt Directions:
In medium bowl, sift together almond flour and powdered sugar twice. Set aside.In a large mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and continue to beat. Slowly add sugar one tablespoon at a time. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until hard peaks. Add lemon zest, vanilla extract, lemon juice and yellow food coloring. Beat on medium speed for one more minute.Sift the almond flour/powdered sugar mixture over the whippe…

1864 post by Charles C Ward

Dear Dad,

My regiment participated in the greatest thing yesterday! The damn southerners wouldn't stop fighting so we marched to the south freeing the slaves and burning the industrial areas. We marched to Savannah then up into the northern states. I don't think the general had any direct lines with the president so he might be in trouble. Let me know how things are going at home!

Charles Ward

1864 recipe blog


"Mix 5 cups of flour to 1 cup of water containing a 1/2-tablespoon of salt. Knead into a dough and roll out to 3/8-inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares and pierce each with a fork or ice pick several times. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes or until slightly brown."

1864 Blog

Dear Siblings,

It's been another year. You've probably heard the news recently but we got a new general! Ulysses S. Grant is his name and he will now guide our army. Everybody here is really happy about this because it strengthens our military potential and possibly lead to a great win that could end the war. But something else happened recently that might also be a reason for the south to end this war. Sherman's march was a huge win for the Union! It showed how the Union was in control of the places it was in and went all out. I guess it's not appreciated on the confederacy side but it was also something that in my opinion was needed. Aside from all the updates and information i'll talk about myself. I've gotten injured unfortunately but it is nothing, barely anything, compared to other soldiers around me. I also feel as my death is coming soon. Maybe from the war, maybe not. I feel as if i'm older than I am  because I feel like this war has worn me down a…