Northern Ladies' Civil War Recipes presents 30 recipes, an informative narrative, and numerous excerpts from letters written by wives, mothers, and daughters whose men were serving in the military during the American Civil War. Portions of letters from men to the people back home are also included. The topic of these authentic quotations is food.
The Victorian lady had to feed her family of course, and she also often prepared foods to send to her loved one in the army. A care package containing “Stars and Stripes Gingersnaps,” “Mama's Gems,” and “Dutch Kisses” would no doubt have boosted the morale of a Union soldier.
Sometimes ladies did more than send edibles. Mary Ann Bickerdyke traveled with the army, assisting physicians and procuring and preparing food. Accounts of her work and other Northern female nurses are offered in Northern Ladies' Civil War Recipes, as is a hospital recipe for “Semi-Stewed Mutton & Barley Soup for 100 Men.”