Thanksgiving In The Civil War- “Cannot Eat Much Without Being Sick”
Asa Bean letter, Nov. 27, 1862 | Civil War Diaries and Letters
"There has been a surprise party here to Day for the Benefit of Soldiers & Nurses they were furnishd with a Choice thanksgiving Dinner Roast Turkey; Chicken & pigeon & Oysters Stewed. The Ladies were here before [12 M?] Thus Displacing the Hospital Dinner; Common; Eclipsing it Entirely. I had a good dinner of Baked Chicken & Pudding Boiled potatoes, Turnip, Apple butter, cheese Butter, Tea & trimmings – Vide we live well Enough, but cannot Eat Much without being sick."
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