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Dear Mom and Dad,

Finaly, this bloody war is over. While I wish everyone involved could go home to their family, however the President was assasinated by a southerner. This just makes us look like sore losers. I should be seeing you in about a week.



                                        Your Son,
                                          Alvin

1865 Blog Post

1/2 cup margarine, melted
1 cup white sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon Topping 1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons margarine, cold
(cut into small cubes)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. In large bowl, cream the margarine and white sugar together. Then, add the eggs, flour, baking powder, milk and cinnamon. Mix well with large spoon or with electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared loaf pan and set aside. In small bowl, put the topping ingredients. Mix well with small spoon and then sprinkle evenly over the top of the coffee cake batter. Bake for one hour and then test to see if it is done by inserting a toothpick into the middle of the loaf. If it comes out clean, it's done, if not keeping adding time in five minute intervals. When coffee cake is baked through, remove to wire rack…

Fred Bloom Journal Entry 1865

April 18, 1865
Dear Journal,

President Lincoln was assassinated a few days ago. The war has been over for a while now, and I bear no ill will against him anymore. It was truly horrible, the way he died. Shot in the back of the head while enjoying a show with his wife... It chills me to think of it. And to make matters worse, it was a Southern actor that did it. I hope he gets caught quickly, and that he gets the punishment he deserves.

I feel that is all for today's entry.
Fred
Dear Family,

The Union have taken the Confederate capital of Richmond and we have lost many small battles at Saylor's Creek. We have been forced into Appomattox Court House and we are trapped by three sides of Union soldiers. We might be forced to surrender and if we do the terms will follow. Will let you know what happens by letter or hopefully in person.

Love,
Lawrence

1865 blog

Traditional Sallie Lunn Ingredients: 1 cup milk2 tablespoons shortening½ oz dry active yeast3 cups flour½ tsp. salt1 egg1 tablespoon sugarDirections: Heat the milk and shortening to the scalding point and then allow to cool. Pour into a bowl with the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth. Cover and leave in a warm place to rise for about 1 to 2 hours. Punch down the down and then put into a greased pan and allow to rise for another hour. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

1864 Letter Home

Dear Mom and Dad,
The citizens in Atlanta were pillaged by those uncivilized Northerners. I hope they end their savage campaign and that they don't come anywhere near our home. The war will be very rough from now on because the North raided our supply depots and the scarce railroads we had.

                                Love,
                                Alvin
Dear Family,

The North has destroyed our home, burned the town of Atlanta down to nothing. They’ve stolen goods from innocent people and have left lonely women with nothing to live on. I hope that the men will be able to get back to their families to take care of them, as will I. But then again that will stop the war cause and give the Union an advantage. The Union have really hit us with a low blow. I can't believe that they would do this. I hope y'all are safe and I will see y'all soon.

Love,
Lawrence