November 24, 2010

A Civil War Thanksgiving: 1862 Turkey Recipe and Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This is a continuation of my last two Civil War Thanksgiving posts:

Note that bread stuffing, sausage, and oysters were popular kinds of stuffing for turkey. Turkeys were typically boiled, roasted, or baked almost exactly like we do today. Turkeys were typically a lot smaller back then, a 10 pound turkey was typical. 20 pound turkeys were reserved for large parties.  

Cranberry Sauce Recipe


-         1 Quart Cranberries, washed
-         1 Cup Water
-         1 cup Brown Sugar


            Simmer Cranberries and Water covered over low heat for 30- 40 minutes. Stir occasionally. Stir in Brown Sugar until melted, remove from heat and let cool.If you wish to serve it in a mold, soften 2 tablespoons of unflavored gelatin in half of the water for one minute. Add to the Cranberries. Once you are done adding the Sugar, pour mixture into a greased mold and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!


  1. Well to be fair, Lincoln didn't declare Thanksgiving until '63. XP

    But it is still an exceedingly fine recipe, grammercy! :D

  2. People were celebrating it locally before Lincoln declared it. If you read letters from the boys, they make it clear it was something they were familiar with. The dates varied but many towns and cities celebrated it.


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