The New York Times, the Civil War and Hell Fired Stew Coming Your Way

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Yes, and throw in the Charleston Mercury too. On May 28th, Memorial day weekend, you will find them in Tappan, NY. The Times, the Civil War and the Mercury will be in Don Bracken's new book "Times of the Civil War." The Hell Fired Stew and a lot of other food consumed by the generals and privates of the Union and Confederate armies will be on the food counter of a local cooking school. Free to all visitors.

Yes, and throw in the Charleston Mercury too. On May 28th, Memorial Day Weekend, you will find them all in Tappan, NY. The Times, the Civil War and the Mercury will be in Don Bracken’s new book, "Times of the Civil War."ISBN: I-4208-0694-7.

The Hell Fired Stew and a lot of other food consumed by the privates and generals of the Union and Confederate armies will be on the food counter at the cooking school, Who’s Cooking! The “buffet” which will also include an Officer’s Punch will be free to all visitors.

“It is a way of remembering the soldiers of that war.” Don Bracken said, “As time goes by we tend to forget. The Memorial Day week-end event promises to be an educational one for those who come,and for their taste buds too. The generals had the better food, but the privates were more creative. They used a lot of imagination in those days to make food palatable. Some of it was amazingly good.There will be a lot of surprise treats at the event."     

The sensitive ear will also get a treat with background music of the time. If the visitor listens carefully, he or she may hear the strains of “Just Before the Battle, Mother,” or “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground,” seeping through the murmurs of conversation. It is rumored that Raymond Massey’s quiet rendition of the "Gettysburg Address" will also be heard working in quiet competition with the crowd.

In a quiet corner, Don Bracken, may get a few words in too, by reading a few things from his book, "Times of the Civil War."

“By blending in the news coverage of the day from the New York Times and the Charleston Mercury with the battle descriptions of the historians of today," Bracken said, "the reader gets a good idea of perspective. They can see it the way the historians see it today and, at the same time, the way the journalists covering the war saw it,on both sides of the battlefield. It was the birth of modern American journalism and a great deal of bias and partisanship came with it. It's a fascinating history."

"Times of the Civil" War also contains one hundred illustrations, mostly sketches by combat artists at the battle sites and is scheduled to be available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and selected bookstores throughout the country the first week in June.

Don Bracken is Senior Editor of the History Publishing Company, co-edited the acclaimed Civil War Historyscope Series and is a leading expert on the battles of the Civil War and the history of bias in American journalism.

The Memorial Day Civil War Book and Food Event will be at the studio of Who’s Cooking, 21 Oak Tree Road, Tappan, Saturday, May 28th 3 to 6 P.M.

For information contact:

Don Bracken

845-359-1765

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