• Christmas Bill of Fare

    Boiled Turkey with Oyster Sauce

    Roast Goose with Applesauce

    Boiled Ham

    Winter Squash

    Beet Root

    (Hot) Cole- Slaw


    Savory Chicken Pie

    Salsify Cakes

    Mince Pie

    Plum Pudding

    Lemon Custard

    Cranberry Tart

    Rich Plum Pudding:

    Stone carefully one pound of the best raisins, wash and pick one pound of currants, chop very small one pound of fresh beef suet, blanch and chop small or pound two ounces of sweet almonds and one ounce of bitter ones; mix the whole well together, with one pound of sifted flour, and the same weight of crumb of bread soaked in milk, then squeezed dry and stirred with a spoon until reduced to a mash, before it is mixed with the flour. Cut in small pieces two ounces each of preserved citron, orange, and lemon-peel, and add a quarter of an ounce of mixed spice; quarter of a pound of moist sugar victorian pictureshould be put into a basin, with eight eggs, and well beaten together with a three-pronged fork; stir this with the pudding, and make it of a proper consistence with milk. Remember that it must not be made too thin, or the fruit will sink to the bottom, but be made to the consistence of good thick batter. Two wineglassfuls of brandy should be poured over the fruit and spice, mixed victorian picturetogether in a basin, and allowed to stand three or four hours before the pudding is made, stirring them occasionally. It must be tied in a cloth, and will take five hours of constant boiling. When done, turn it out on a dish, sift loaf-sugar over the top, and serve it with wine-sauce in a boat, and some poured round the pudding. The pudding will be of considerable size, but half the quantity of materials, used in the same proportion, will be equally good.

    [from Godey's Lady's Book, Dec. 1860]



  • Pumpkin-Raisin Muffins

    2 1/2 cup self-rising flour 2 tsp baking soda

    1 cup milk 1 tsp cinnamon

    1 cup raisins 1/2 tsp nutmeg

    3/4 sugar 1 cup pumkin

    Sprinkling mixture: 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 tsp sugar. Set aside.

    Mix egg and sugar, add pumpkin. Mix flour and soda together thoroughly, then mix it alternately with milk into egg/sugar mixtures. Flour raisins and add them and nuts, if desired. Grease muffin tins or use muffin cups and fill as desired, but not more than 3/4 full. Top with sprinkling mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until done. Remove immediately.



  • Naomi Rosabelle

    Raffle to Benefit Junior Living History Corps :

    The Battle of Richmond Association has formed a Junior Living History Corps for those students interested in learning more about the Battle of Richmond and its rich history. Proceeds from the handmade china doll, chest, bed, and trousseau will go towards the further education of these students.



  • Lt. Colonel James Phillip Eagle

    James Phillip Eagle was born on August 10, 1837, in Tennessee; the son of James and Charity Swaim Eagle. John was educated in the public schools. The family eventually settled Prairie County (now Lonoke Co.), Arkansas, in the 1850s.

    Eagle was appointed a deputy sheriff until the Civil War, when he enlisted as a private in the Fifth Arkansas Mounted Rifles, serving in Indian territory.

    He was a member of the 1st Consolidated Arkansas Rifles at the Battle of Richmond, serving the Brig. General Thomas Churchill’s division. His unit was not engaged during the first two stages of the fight, but were heavily involved in the Confederate flanking maneuver against the Union right at the Richmond Cemetery.

    Eagle finished the war as a lt. colonel, participating in campaigns throughout the Western Theatre.

    Returning to Arkansas, he became a wealthy farmer, mostly in Pulsaki Co., Arkansas. Eagle enrolled as a student at the Mississippi College, but left after one year due to ill health.

    In 1872, he was elected to the Arkansas General Assembly, and served as a delegate of Arkansas’ constitutional convention of 1874. He served as Speaker of the Arkansas House in the mid to late 1870s.

    Eagle was elected governor of Arkansas in 1888, and was re-elected in 1890. His term saw improvements in prison reform and support for education. He was instrumental in women's suffrage, and opposed many of the racially discriminatory legislation being enacted by the Arkansas legislation.

    Eagle did not run for a third term as governor.

    He was appointed, then later removed, as a commissioner on the Arkansas State Capitol Commission by Gov. Jeff Davis, apparently over a personal/church politics issue.

    While governor, Eagle welcomed U.S. President Benjamin Harrison, the first time a sitting U.S. president visited the state.

    A very religious man, Eagle was also a Baptist minister, as well as serving for 24 years as president of the Arkansas Baptist Convention.

    Eagle died in Little Rock on December 20, 1904, and is buried in Mt. Holly Cemetery.

    Eagle married Mary Kavanaugh Oldham, of Madison County, Kentucky, in 1882. Eagle met Oldham at the annual fair in Richmond in 1870. They had no children.

    Mary’s brother, William K. Oldham, was also governor of Arkansas, serving for a short time in 1913.



  • Battle of Richmond's Colonel Preston Smith

    Smith (no relation to Edmund Kirby Smith) was born December 25, 1823, in Giles County, Tennessee. He was the son of Drury and Lucinda Smith.

    He attended schools locally and enrolled in Jackson College in Columbia, Tennessee. He studied law and was admitted to the bar. He opened his law practice in Waynesboro, Tennessee. He eventually re-located to Memphis, where he was rather successful.

    At the outbreak of the Civil War, Smith was commissioned colonel of the 154th Tennessee militia regiment, which was mustered into Confederate service under its old state designation.

    He received a severe wound to his right shoulder at the Battle of Shiloh in western Tennessee in April 1862, rendering it temporarily useless.

    Smith recovered in time to participate in the advance into Kentucky in the late summer of 1862, being attached to Edmund Kirby Smith’s Provisional Army of Kentucky’s 4th Division under Patrick Cleburne.

    At the Battle of Richmond, Smith assumed command of the 4th Division when Patrick Cleburne was wounded. He was able to continue Cleburne’s battle plans and outflanked the Federals on the Federal left during the battle for Mt. Zion Church. His units were not engaged during the Battle of White’s Farm, but again attacked the Federal center and left at the Richmond Cemetery late in the day.

    His units saw limited action at the Battle of Perryville in early October 1862. Smith was promoted to Brigadier General on October 27, 1862. Smith commanded mostly Tennessee troops under B. F. Cheatham during the Murfreesboro/Stones River & Chickamauga campaigns.

    At Chickamauga, just after dark on September 19, 1863, Smith and one of his most trusted aides, Captain Thomas King, rode in the front of what they thought were Confederate infantry, but turned out to the remnants of the 77th Pennsylvania infantry. Recognizing Smith and King as Confederate officers, the Pennsylvania troops fired a volley into them, killing King outright and mortally wounding Smith. Smith died within an hour. He was one of three Confederate generals killed at Chickamauga. His death was lamented by his commanders.

    Smith was initially buried in Atlanta, but was reinterred in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis in 1868.

    Smith married Mary Amanda Crofford in 1846, and they had two children, Callie Smith Sykes (1849-1932) and Preston C. Smith (1851-1907).



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