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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 32 32 Browse Search
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Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography 28 28 Browse Search
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Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume II. 13 13 Browse Search
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ing all night at one house and the next day going to another, until they had finished their round of festivities. New Year's Day, Washington's Birthday, Training Day, Fourth of July, or Independence Day, as it was sometimes called, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas were each observed universally and with prodigality of preparation and earnestness. New Year's Day was celebrated generally by dinner-giving, much feasting, and dancing-parties in the evening. The custom of making ceremonious calls on New Year's Day did not obtain in this country until later years. Usually the evening was taken up with social affairs as a finale to the festivities of the preceding holiday week. Washington's Birthday had its annual celebration by banquroprieties. But the holiday of all the year was blessed Christmas-tide, extending from Christmas to and including New Year's Day. For weeks before parents and children would lay aside, with scrupulous care and great secrecy, all they could for C
of Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Pryor; Doctor Garnett; Senator Judah P. Benjamin; General and Mrs. McClernand; Miss Dunlap, sister of Mrs. McClernand, who married General McClernand after her sister's death in the early sixties; Mr. and Mrs. Foulke, of Illinois; Senator Edward Baker, killed at Ball's Bluff in 1862; Colonel and Mrs. Robert E. Lee; and a host of others were familiar faces at social entertainments. On all occasions wine flowed freely, egg-nog being on every table on New Year's Day. Terrapin was as common as the simple bouillon of to-day, the colored cook who presided in every kitchen knowing better how to prepare terrapin than our most skilful chef. At evening entertainments the guests arrived early and remained until the wee smal hours. The Inauguration Ball, March 4, 1861, was a grand affair, but not participated in by many of the opposition or residents of Washington whose sympathies were with the South, many flattering themselves to the very last that th
ation were to be full of friction and unpleasantness between himself and his party. As if in sympathy with the political situation, January 1, 1869, was one of the gloomiest of days; a cold rain fell all the night before and continued during New Year's Day. Every preparation, however, had been made for the reception at the White House. The Marine Band, under the leadership of the well-remembered Professor Scala, was in its accustomed place. The President, his daughters, Mrs. Stover and Mis lovely wife and beautiful daughters; Mr. DeBille, the Danish minister, and his charming wife; Don Jose Antonio Garcia, of Peru; and the whole list of the distinguished diplomats then in Washington. This was Mr. Seward's last appearance at a New Year's reception, and, as many looked upon him as the last of Mr. Lincoln's cabinet, they felt a pang of regret that in so brief a time every representative of that administration should have gone out forever. The diplomatic corps was followed by the
Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography, Chapter 10: (search)
was appointed Secretary of the Navy. He was a widower at the time of his appointment, but afterward married Mrs. Aulick, widow of Commodore Aulick. Mr. Robeson rented a commodious house on K Street, formerly occupied by Secretary Stanton, of Mr. Lincoln's cabinet. Both the Secretary and Mrs. Robeson were fond of society and understood the art of entertaining royally. They had travelled extensively and had always lived handsomely. Mr. Robeson was a veritable bon vivant. Soon after the 1st of January they began a series of entertainments which were long remembered by the fortunate guests who were honored by invitations to them. Later on Secretary Robeson built a large house on Sixteenth Street, where they continued their lavish entertainments. While Secretary Robeson was Secretary of the Navy, reverses overtook these hospitable people, and the auctioneer's voice was heard in the drawing-room, library, dining-room, and chambers of this pretentious home, crying: Who bids? for this,
Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography, Chapter 11: (search)
military committee the Abbott ransom case White House New Year's reception, 1872 subsequent social festivities death ofJanuary 1, 1872, President and Mrs. Grant gave the usual New Year's reception. There were most elaborate preparations made rtant post during the long years of the Civil War. New Year's Day was bright and clear, and at an early hour — as the reeast. It was then the custom for persons receiving on New Year's Day to furnish refreshment, and it has been said that there were barrels of egg-nog used every New Year's Day in Washington. Iregret, sometimes, that the good old custom of New YearNew Year's receptions with their accompaniment of beautiful ladies, flowers, music, refreshments, and cordial greetings has passed a year as it should be started — with good cheer. The New Year's reception was the beginning of the social season, and wauded us among their guests for the first dinners after New Year's Day. Those were delightful functions and we enjoyed them
Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography, Chapter 13: (search)
General Logan frozen out the Chicago Strikes of 1873 opening of the Grand Pacific Hotel my New Year's reception our neighbors, the Joneses, Leiters, Meekers, Brosses, stones, Marshall fields, Pulfore to renew the acquaintance of the friends we had known before, and to make new friends. New Year's Day had not been as universally observed in Chicago as was the custom in Washington. Therefore nceived the idea that, as General Logan would be at home for the holidays, I would celebrate New Year's Day by keeping open house. January i, 1874, was an unusually bright day for that climate, aniful table from which our callers were served with whatever they desired. This was the last New Year's Day we ever had the pleasure of being in Chicago. The population of Chicago increased so rapidly that it became impracticable to observe the general custom of receiving on New Year's Day. There were many magnificent homes on Wabash, Michigan, Indiana, Prairie, and Calumet Avenues, south of
Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography, Chapter 14: (search)
King Kalakaua in Washington the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia publication of General Sherman's memoirs his criticisms of Logan and Blair New Year's reception at the White House the Whiskey Ring scandals Republican convention of 1876 at Cincinnati Blaine's defeat and nomination of Hayes and Wheeler the Gy, was enacted, and that there was a reconciliation between General Logan and General Sherman before they passed to that land from which no one returns. The New Year's reception of January i, 1875, was in many respects more brilliant than any previous one. The New Year's reception at the White House was then, as now, the signNew Year's reception at the White House was then, as now, the signal for the beginning of the round of social events for the winter. Dinners, luncheons, receptions-official and otherwise — were the rule. In January Mr. and Mrs. Sartoris returned and took up their abode in the White House, greatly to the delight of Mrs. Grant, who now had her daughter and Mrs. Fred Grant to assist in the discha
Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography, Chapter 15: (search)
e straight nominees for the senatorship; there would be no more mongrels with which to contend. The legislature met January 1, and it was refreshing to us to be so cordially received when we arrived in Springfield, on January 4, accompanied by Dhe receiving-line for the reception. The unpretentious and modest receiving costume which Mrs. Hayes wore at her first New Year's reception at the White House had been laid aside. She was beautifully gowned in a white-silk costume brocaded in gold and his administration. Mrs. Key, wife of the Postmaster-General, was a delightful woman and a great acquisition on New Year's Day on account of her brilliant conversational powers. She had three very interesting daughters, and their Wednesday reureau was in those days a branch of the Interior Department, and thus was not of the cabinet as to-day. As usual, New Year's Day was the beginning of the round of social functions including receptions, luncheons, and dinners by officials and prom