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In the village of Allen on a cold misty morning.

Yep, that’s what they called it, Civil War Days. How can a war ever be civil? I always thought civility meant courtesy and politeness. A person making a polite action or expression. Civility was thought to express culture and good breeding.

Well it seems those boys in the photo up above got them a cannon pointed out over that field just awaiting for their countrymen in grey to come towards them. Now the gentlemen to the left in grey, I’m guessing he’s trying to be civil.

At any rate, on the 22’nd of April  past, the Allen Historical Society held it’s first Civil War Days at the Community Hall. That’s a building I believe is owned by the Methodist, supported by the Lions and used by The Fire Company and just about everyone else in this little village on the Eastern Shore. If your hungry come November look for the Missive announcing the Pit Beef Dinner held by the Lions Club.

Oh, what’s a Missive you say, It’s a written message, usually in letter form from an official source letting everyone know what’s going on and the needs of the organization. Usually it comes from Melissa, sometimes Aggie and even Lucy chimes in on occasion. Of course all these girls are technologically advanced and it ain’t no letter in this day and age, it’s Email. Of course you’ve got to be wired up for that. That’s always another story if you live in the back country. President Trump says he will bring High Speed internet to the entire country. I’m guessing that’s right after them Mexicans pay for that wall. So it will be awhile.

Here’s a bit from one of the recent Missive’s about the needs for the Civil War Days.

Hi everyone – 
I’m not sure my last email was received, so I’m re-sending a part of it.  This Saturday, the 22nd, the Allen Historical Society will host its first ever Civil War Heritage Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Hall.  The event is free to the public and will be a lot of fun!
The Hist. Soc. will be selling food as a fund raiser and we are asking for your help.  We need cookies, cakes, gingerbread, and perhaps pies to sell in individual servings. (We didn’t discuss pies, but why not?)  Nothing modern, just simple and good, something that could believably have been served in the 1860s.  You don’t have to have a period recipe – simple cakes and cookies will work just fine.  (i.e., no M&Ms or sprinkles, probably no coconut – the blockade is such a bother! – you get the idea.)
If you can donate such things, please know that you have even more of our undying love than you already have – and that’s a ton!

(And if you feel inclined to help in this way, or you want to give us a hand for part of the day in the kitchen, please drop me a line or leave me a phone message to let me know – you will drop my stress level immensely!)

Blessings and thanks,
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Can you see how she signed it, Blessings and thanks, now that lady is civil. When I stopped by , Melissa was seated at an old tree stump cut flat on the top, in period clothing, beating dough with a mallet making Beaten Biscuits.

Members of  The Buffalo Soldiers represented it’s self well as usual.

Inside the hall there were tables with all kinds of memorabilia, guns, pots, pans and antiques from days gone by.  Throughout the day there were historical presentations for all to hear about life in Allen, Maryland and the not so Civil times from  1861 to 1865.
At the end of the day many visitors had attended, learned new things and acted civil. Thanks to the Allen Historical Society for making this day special to so many.




  1. Aggie says:

    This wonderful! Thank you!!

  2. I’m sure your being there made things much more civil.

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