|Golden Gate National Cemetery, So. San Francisco, CA.|
While the main conflicts of the Civil War occurred far away from San Jose, California did participate in the fighting, with local skirmishes between Union and Confederate sympathizers. California was split between North and South in its sympathies, with more Confederate sympathy in southern California, and more Union sympathy in the North. Since the gold fields were in Northern California, the Union received large donations of California gold, which greatly supported the war effort. California’s brand-new state legislature also sent multiple companies of men to serve in the Union army, most ending up replacing more experienced soldiers stationed at army forts in the Midwest, but several seeing action on the front lines by joining up with Massachusetts and other Northern states’ militias. The conflict split the nation in more ways than one, and the scars from those wounds are still sore in some areas of the U.S.!
|Union reenactor. Bill Longshaw, FreeDigitalPhotos.net|
|Photo: Wikimedia Commons.|
A UNION DISH.
Chop up cold beef or veal; season with pepper and salt, adding a piece of butter, and gravy, if you have it, if not, pour in a little water; then put on a covering of mashed potatoes, and bake three quarters of an hour.
One tea-cup of sugar, half a cup of butter; stir to a cream, then add half a cup of milk and one cupful of flour; stir well, and add a grated lemon, and two eggs beat to a froth, then add another cup of flour, and lastly, add half a tea-spoonful of soda.
Take a piece of butter the size of a hen’s egg, one cup of sugar, one cup of sweet milk, two eggs beat to a froth, two tea-spoonfuls of cream of tartar; mix well together; then stir in two and a half tea-cupfuls of sifted flour; lastly a tea-spoonful of soda; stir well, and bake in a moderate oven, and you will have a cheap and excellent cake. If you like, you can use a cup of sour milk instead of sweet; in that case no cream of tartar will be required. Add spice if you like.
I can't quite figure out what makes the above recipes "Union" or "Lincoln," but they could just be existing recipes that have been re-named to commemorate the conflict. This cookbook from New York also contained several recipes for corn bread, Johnny cakes, gumbo, okra, and other traditionally Southern foods. I'll have to look up some Southern cookbooks and see if they have similar recipes, re-named for Confederate heroes, or using typically Northern ingredients. It's interesting to see how cookbooks reflect the spirit of the times!
For more information:
Roaring Camp 31st Annual Civil War Reenactment
“Memorial Day San Jose 2012: fireworks, runs, walks, swims, festivals and more”
"Take your tea into one of San Jose's gardens"
“The Elixir of the South: sweet tea”
“Memorial Day in San Jose calls for iced tea”
“5 teas for San Jose’s beer fans”
“Barbecue with tea for Labor Day”
1943 Victory Cake recipe