Civilian Corner

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Third Michigan civilian reenactors are a group of like-minded individuals, both women and men and families, who portray what life was like during the time of the American Civil War.  We try to be as authentic as possible in our dress and manner.  We encourage those who would like to become new members to come to one of our meetings at the Wyoming Armory NCO Club or to an event to see what we do and to experience what civilian reenacting is like.  

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Swedish Potatoes

1 medium onion
6 medium potatoes
2 tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups heavy cream or half and half

Peel the onion and chop into small pieces.   Set aside.  Peel the potatoes and cut them into small cubes on a cutting board.  Melt the shortening in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the potatoes and onion, cook them over medium heat for 10 minutes.  Sprinkle them with salt and pepper and stir a few times. Stir while you add the cream a little at a time.  When the liquid bubbles, reduce heat and let bubble gently for 10 minutes.  Test the potatoes with a fork to see if they are cooked.  If the fork goes in easily, they are done.


Civil War Applesauce Cookies

2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups shortening
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup cinnamon applesauce
6 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt

Cream shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Add applesauce and mix well.  Add sifted dry ingredients and blend well.  Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.  Flatten and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.  They do not brown.

Cabbage and Apple Salad

1/2 head cabbage, medium sized
2 apples
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup honey

Cut and coarsely shred the cabbage, then put into bowl.  Cut each apple into 4 pieces and remove the apple cores.  Use a grater to coarsely shred the apple into the bowl.  Add raisins.  Use a large spoon and fork to toss the mixture together.  Mix well.  Combine the cream and honey in a small bowl.  Pour over the salad and toss lightly.  Chill before serving.

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For information, contact:

Civilian Coordinator: Cherrie Weener

Assistant Coordinator:  Jackie Vohlken 

Third Michigan