Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

“From Maine to California”

150 years ago today was the day President Lincoln proclaimed as a day of Thanksgiving. The New-York Times saw it as a day that helped unite the states and parties and hoped it would remain a grand national holiday. From … Continue reading

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“oblations to themselves”

Unsurprisingly, a Richmond paper was thankful the South wasn’t like Yankeedom. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 10, 1864: Thursday morning….November 10, 1864. Lincoln’s thanksgiving day. We observe that Lincoln, with commendable gratitude, has issued his proclamation for a day … Continue reading

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not jostled – thanks!

From The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Seven: RECOMMENDATION OF THANKSGIVING. EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON, May 9, 1864 TO THE FRIENDS OF UNION AND LIBERTY: Enough is known of army operations, within the last five days, to claim our … Continue reading

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NYC “wore a holiday face”

A “purposely observed” Thanksgiving President Lincoln proclaimed it back in October. 150 years ago today the North celebrated a “day of thanksgiving and prayer”. Here’s a bit from a pretty much pro-Lincoln Administration newspaper in New York City. It was … Continue reading

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“gracious gifts”

150 years ago today President Lincoln proclaimed another day of thanksgiving for 1863. From The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Six: PROCLAMATION FOR THANKSGIVING, OCTOBER 3, 1863. BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AMERICA: A Proclamation. The … Continue reading

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Fast Work

I forgot that President Lincoln had designated August 6th as a Day of Thanksgiving. Here’s an editorial that sees a direct link between the April 30th National Fast Day and the recent Union successes. July 4, 1863 was a lot … Continue reading

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Executives in action

Consequences of Vicksburg and Gettysburg 150 years ago yesterday President Lincoln called for a day of Thanksgiving; President Davis called for more troops – all white men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five not exempt. Of course, drafting in … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving near Portsmouth

Last week The Civil War 150th Blog compared the official Union and Confederate Thanksgivings in 1862. Presidents Lincoln and Davis were thankful for military victories and proclaimed days of Thanksgiving in April and September respectively. Thanksgiving days were pretty fluid … Continue reading

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Confederate Thanksgiving

Without a telegraph connection it took a long time for news to travel 150 years ago. I did not see an “extra”; there was not much accurate news about the Battle of Antietam in the Dispatch for a few days … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in April

It seems that proclamations calling for days devoted to prayer and fasting or thanksgiving were pretty common in the Civil War era – both North and South. 150 years ago today President Lincoln issued the following: PROCLAMATION RECOMMENDING THANKSGIVING FOR … Continue reading

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