Extra Points: Civil War Recipe

One day we met up with another Southern regiment to do some trading. This one guy offered me a johnny cake for some of my coffee. I then asked him what exactly is a johnny cake. He told me it was almost like cornbread mixed with hardtack. I deiced I would try this johnny cake, so I gave him 1/4 pound of my coffee. When I got back to the camp I sliced a small piece  of the johnny cake, I took a bite. When I finished  chewing i went back and slices me another piece. It was so good I haven't had anything like this in a long time. 

Ingredients 1 cup cornmeal¾ teaspoon salt½ teaspoon sugar1 cup water½ cup milkBacon drippings
Combine the cornmeal, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Boil the water and then add slowly as you stir the dry ingredients. Add the milk a little at a time to make sure the batter is not too runny. Heat the bacon grease in a cast iron skillet and drop in the batter by the spoonful. Brown on both sides and serve while hot.

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Dear Milicent,

I was invited to a party along with my regiment captain. It was the party of a young educated fellow who lived in a town where we were stationed temporarily. He came and offered us food along with his horses. He was a wealthy plantation owner whose father and brother had enlisted in the war. He said he would have enlisted, but he did not want to leave his wife and children alone for he feared the Union soldiers would appear and take everything. He has been donating supplies for the Confederacy. Anyway, he decided to make a party and invite most of the town to it, for we had just arrived. One of the snacks at the party were teacakes. His wife made amazing teacakes, and she even gave me the recipe. I have included this recipe below. I wish you the best of wishes.


                             George Ottot IV
Tea Cake Recipe

5 cups of flour

1 tsp of baking soda

1/2 tsp. of nutmeg

1 cup of butter

1 cup of buttermilk

2 eggs

2 cups of sugar


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Dear Milicent,

I regret to inform you that General Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse. We have fought a long and lengthy battle, but we are now out of men, materials, and money. It is best to surrender and get something out of it then lose by force and get nothing back. At least I am coming back alive. I will be at the plantation in the next 2 weeks. They have told us that they will not take our property, only our slaves. Of course I argued that slaves are property. We have fought all we could, and we can not take anymore. At least we can say we fought for our beliefs, and we tried. I still cannot believe those dirty Yanks won the war. They have not lived in the South, nor know nothing of it. Well, the war is over. You will no longer have to live in worry. I am finally coming home. I will be back there soon. We fought for what we believed in, even if we lost. I send you the best of wishes.

                         George Ottot

Extra points: Civil War Recipe

It was my best friends birthday in a few days, I wanted to do something special for him because he has done so much for me lately. Then i got the idea I would make him a "birthday cake". I new his favorite cake was a chocolate coffee cake, but i didn't have all the ingredients to make that type of cake so i made him a Mary Todd Lincoln's White Cake. I wanted it to be a surprise for him so I had  to make it at night time in the pitch black. That night I mix and stirred all the ingredients together as quietly as I could. I baked in a skillet because that it the only thing I had closest to a baking pan. The next day at dinner I surprised him with the cake I made and my whole regiment sang happy birthday to him.

1 cup finely chopped almonds1 cup butter2 cups sugar3 cups flour3 teaspoons baking powder1 cup milk6 egg whites1 teaspoon vanilla extractConfectionary sugar  Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a round bundt cake pan. Cream the butter and …


Dear Sally,

          Did you hear the news about the President? He was shot at Ford's Theater on April 15th. Lincoln was sitting with his wife, Major H.R. Rathbone, and Miss Clara Harris in a private theater box. They were all watching "Our American Cousins" while a man shot him from behind. They suspect it was John Wilkes Booth. It was shocking to hear that news. The next morning at 7:22 am President Lincoln died. Twelve days later the Federal Troops surrounded a barn on Garret Farm in Virginia. The troops set the barn on fire, but some how Booth escaped and ran into the woods. Booth was shot shortly after he escaped. I can not believe this would happen to the President. I would be devastated if that happened to one of my family members. Well so long for now Sally. I shall return home soon now that the war has ended.


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Lee Surrenders, Union wins War On April 9th,1865, General Robert E. Lee surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse near Richmond, Virginia. After suffering a loss of 8,000 men at Saylor's Creek, Lee retreated back to Richmond for supplies but is surrounded by Union troops. He quickly surrenders and they discuss terms of surrender, which are:  1.) Confederate soldiers must surrender all military weapons  2.) Promise not to attempt to secede again  3.) Soldiers are allowed to keep personal arms and horses 4.) Soldiers will be given 25,000 ration meals

Extra Points: Civil War recipe

My regiment and I were hiking through the woods. One of my men wanted to stop and take a break to eat, so we all stopped where we were and ate. One of my soldiers had Sallie Lunn, I asked him for a piece of the bread and he broke off a piece and gave it to me. The bread had a good taste to it because it had a sweetness to it. After i had a piece everyone wanted to have a bite of the Sallie Lunn bread. So we gathered all the necessary ingredients milk, shortening, yeast, flour, salt, and egg, and sugar. First we combines the yeast, flour, salt, egg, and sugar into a bowl. We then hated the milk and shortening until it got to a boil, mixed it all up, and set it aside to rise for 1-2 hours. Once it had risen we put it in a pan and baked it over the open fire for 45 minutes. We let it cool for a moment and they we ate the bread so fast it was gone in a blink of an eye.

Traditional Sallie Lunn Bread

~ 1 cup milk
~ 2 Tbsp shortening
~ 1/2 oz dry active yeast
~ 3 cups flour
~ 1/2 tsp salt
~ 1…