Support the Troops

Thanksgiving Dinner for the Soldiers & Sailors

 
Civil War Soldiers - Support the Troops

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In November 1864, a letter was published in many newspapers throughout the North asking "all loyal people in the North and East" to help furnish "our gallant soldiers and sailors a good Thanksgiving Dinner."

 

“The undersigned, a Committee appointed at a meeting held at the Union League Club House, appeal to the people of the North to join them in an effort to furnish to our gallant soldiers and sailors a good Thanksgiving Dinner. We desire that, on the twenty-fourth day of November, there shall be no soldier in the Army of the Potomac, the James or the Shenandoah, and no sailor in the North Atlantic Squadron, who does not receive tangible evidence that those for whom he is periling his life remember him. It is hoped that the armies at the West will be in like manner cared for by those nearer to them than we. It is deemed impracticable to send to our more Southern posts.”

“To enable us to carry out our undertaking, we need the active cooperation of all loyal people in the North and East, and to them we confidently appeal. We ask primarily for donations of cooked poultry and other proper meats, as well as for mince pies, sausages and fruit. If any person is so situated as to be unable to cook the poultry or meat, we will receive it uncooked. To those who are unable to send donations in kind, we appeal for generous contributions in money.”

“Will not every wife who has a husband, every mother who has a son, every sister who has a brother serving in the armies or navies of the Union, feel that this appeal is to her personally, and do her part to enable us to accomplish our undertaking? Will not all who feel that we have a country worth defending and preserving, do something to show those who are fighting our battles that they are remembered and honored? Will not the press and the clergy lend their aid to the movement?”

“We will undertake to send to the front all donations in kind that may reach us on or before November 20, and to see that they are properly and equally distributed. They should be wrapped in white paper, boxed, and addressed to GEORGE W. BLUNT, Getty's Building, Trinity Place, New York. If uncooked, it should be so marked on the outside of the box, and a list of the contents should accompany the box. If sent as above without being packed, we will pack it. Poultry, properly cooked, will keep ten days. None should be sent which has been cooked prior to November 14. Uncooked poultry or meat should reach us on or before November 18 that it may be cooked here.”

“Contributions in money should be sent to Theodore Roosevelt, Treasurer, No. 94 Maiden Lane, or to any member of the Committee.”

“The time is short, and we trust that no one will wait to be personally solicited. Will not some person in every city and town of the North and East volun­teer, however, to canvass his own city or town?”

“The American, Adams, Harnden, National, Kingsley, Hope, Long Island, and United States Express Companies have generously offered to transmit to this city, free of charge, all boxes addressed as above, and it is not doubled that other Express Companies will do the same.”

CHARLES H. MARSHALL, Chairman.
GEORGE BLISS, JR., Secretary.
George W. Blunt, Chairman of Executive Committee.
Theodore Roosevelt, Treasurer.