That year there had actually been an earlier national day of thanksgiving, proclaimed by President Lincoln in April in gratitude for Union military victories. Nonetheless, the November holiday was still celebrated. In this December 2, 1862 letter, Marianne Moore's great-grandparents Henry & Mary Warner describe their Thanksgiving, which they spent with their daughter Anne.
|Henry and Mary Warner, autograph letter signed to John Riddle Warner. Allegheny City [Pittsburgh], 2 December 1862. Moore VI:05:13|
"On last thursday thanksgiving day Mother & I dined with Anne, we had a very nice young roast goose and a pair of chickens for dinner with all the et ceteras connected with such a meal, spent the afternoon there, took tea, and remained until bed time—kept worship at Annes request, during the afternoon and evening enjoyed ourselves much—after the old couple returned home, heated up the stove and returned to rest after we felt warm & comfortable—In the forenoon a student preached for us, he done his part well, the meetinghouse was comfortably heated, we hope the hearers acted their part as well as the preacher—the audience was not as large as it might, or ought to be, taking every thing into consideration—so ended thanksgiving day."
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Rosenbach.