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Volume II Episodes


Episode 1: Beef Steak


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Hardtack and Coffee - By John Billings

Veteran John Billings wrote about life in the Union army.


Episode 4: Michigan's GAR Memorial Hall and Museum


Michigan's GAR Memorial Hall and Museum
Here's a link directly to the Museum's site. They will keep it updated so you can find the most up to date information on events and special exhibits.


Michigan SUVCW
As the descendents of the GAR, the Sons of Union Veteran's of the Civil War carry on their legacy. Learn more about both groups in Michigan by visiting their web page.


National SUVCW
More information on the history of the GAR will be found here, as well as national resources, if you are looking to contact a camp across the nation.


Episode 5: Research Triangle


Victorian Needle Blog
Here you will find Kristen Mrozek's blog with a lot of information on how she does research and her recommended links to do your own research.


Victorian Needle
Interested in seeing Kristen's reproductions? Here is a link to her Etsy storefront.


The Met Museum
The Met Museum is mentioned in the episode as having a huge collection and an excellent search feature. Here is a link to their search page so you can start looking around.



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Who Wore What

Written by Juanita Leisch, this book gives an over view of civilian garments during the Civil War.


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The Way There Were: Dressed in 1861 - 1865

This is another reference when looking at civilian dress and clothing of the Civil War era.


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Victorian Jewelry

This books gives an overview specifically of jewelry.


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Jewels and Jewelry

This gem of a book sparkles with the diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and exceptional examples of goldsmith's art in the spectacular collection of England's grand Victoria and Albert Museum. Ranging from exquisite early medieval pieces to superb examples of the jeweler's art from the Renaissance through Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau to twentieth-century treasures, outstanding photographs illustrate and illuminate examples of elaborate techniques such as chasing, enameling, and cameo carving.


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Victorian Jewelry

Same title as above but a different author with more infomation. This one covers over 4,000 pieces.


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Whitby Jet

A book specifically on Jet Jewellery.


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Jet Jewellery and Ornaments

A book specifically on Jet Jewellery.


Episode 6: General Casey's Stew


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A Taste For War: The Culinary History of the Blue and the Gray - By William C. Davis

An excellent book about food and the soldiers. Mr Davis includes a lot of original recipes with documentation where they come from in the back, including General Casey's Stew.



Harmony House Dried Cabbage Flakes
One of two parts of the dried vegetables we mixed to make our stew. Many accounts of dessicated vegetables talk about cabbage. We added it here.


Harmony House Vegetable Soup
The other part of our dried vegetable mix to make General Casey's soup.


The Authentic Campaigner
The Authentic Campaigner website is an excellent place to go to learn more about Civil War history, espeically as interpreted in the living history world. This link takes you directly to an article about dessicated vegetables on their site.


Episode 8: Aprons: Not Just for Cooking


Past Reflections Reproductions
This is Jackie Jacobs' business page, with her partner Beth Tart. Some of the items discussed in the episode will be found in here.


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Who Wore What

Written by Juanita Leisch, this book gives an over view of civilian garments during the Civil War.


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The Way There Were: Dressed in 1861 - 1865

This is another reference when looking at civilian dress and clothing of the Civil War era.


Episode 9: Simple Dumplings


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A Culinary Campaign - by Soyer

This is a republished copy of Soyer's work. He presents his Dumplings in here. This version was published in 1995. Introductions by Elizabeth Ray and military historian Michael Barthorp


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A Culinary Campaign - by Soyer

Do you want Soyer's book and don't mind the "print on demand" style? Looking to save a few bucks. Here's the same text lacking modern commentary.


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Kentucky Housewife: Containing Nearly Thirteen Hundred Full Receipts - by Lettice Bryan

This is a reprint of an 1839 book of recipes. Dumplings can be found in here for use in the home.


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Military Dictionary - Colonel H. L. Scott

This military dictionary is full of information for the military living historian or arm chair general about the military at the time of the Civil War. Included are a number of recipes for use in the field. This link will allow you to select either a paperback or hardbound copy of the book.


Episode 10: Make a Blanket Roll


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One of Jackson's Foot Cavalry: His Experience and What he Saw During the War 1861-1865,Including a History of "F Company," Richmond, Va., 21st Regiment ... Jackson's Division, Second Corps, A. N. Va. - By John H. Worsham

Our Southern account comes from one of the great accounts of the Southern soldier's experience. Worhsam marched with Jackson. They had to be fast and move light. He used a blanket roll.


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The History of the 9th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, June, 1861-June, 1864 (The Irish in the Civil War) - By Daniel G. Macnamara

MacNamara served in the Eastern Theater. His account both details how the blanket roll was made and also how it could be used on the march.


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The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War 1861-1865 - By Leander Stillwell

Stillwell marched in the west. His book carries an account of making an using the blanket roll.


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A Soldier's Story Of The Siege of Vicksburg - By Osborn H. Oldroyd

Since we shot the episode, one of our team has found another account describing how a blanket roll was made. This is an excellent soldier's account of his fight with lots of detail about daily life.


Episode 15: Coffee on Campaign


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A Soldier's Story of the Siege of Vicksburg: From the Diary of Osborn H. Oldroyd (Classic Reprint) - By Osborn Oldroyd

Oldroyd was a member of the 20th Ohio Infantry. If an army marches on it's stomach, Oldroyd wrote it down. His account if full of great daily life details.


Episode 16: Men's Vests


Episode 18: Hooker's Retreat


The Heritage Center of the Union League of Philadelphia
This archive was very kind to us and provided us with high quality scans of the CDV's of Crocker and Donaldson. When the Civil War Museum and Library was forced to close, the received part of that collection, these two CDVs being part of it.


Wisconsin Veteran's Museum
The staff of the WVM went above and beyond to help us with this epsiode. They hold the Cassius Fairchild liquor chest that we have the reproduction of displayed. Their team realized the photos they had weren't large enough technically for our needs and re-shot the original make it possible to have the image in the episode.


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Inside the Army of the Potomac: The Civil War Experience of Captain Francis Adams Donaldson

This book is Donaldson's account of the Civil War. It's a very rich read and we recommend it!


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Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide 1862 Reprint: How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant's Companion

A reprint has recently been released of the Bartender's Guide we reference in the episode. There are many, many drink mixes mentioned and this comes from 1862.


La Perruche Pure Cane Sugar Rough Cut Cubes, 1 lb., 10.5 oz (750mg)
Based on the sugar in Fairchild's Chest at Wisconsin Veteran's Museum, this was the sugar we chose to use for Hooker's Retreat.


Episode 22: Roasting Coffee


Episode 24: Hair Jewelry


The Art of Hairwork - Mark Campbell
First published in 1866, this book is a comprehensive work on the art of hair dressing, hair work and the making of hair jewelry.


Episode 25: Christmas Decorations in the Civil War


Episode 26: Civil War era Christmas Gift Giving



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