History By Mail Spoiler March 2023

History By Mail is a monthly subscription service for reproductions of historical letters and documents.

Here is a peek at an item in the March History By Mail…

This month’s History By Mail U.S. Holidays subscription features a replica of General George Washington’s Saint Patrick’s Day Order from March 16, 1780, during the American Revolutionary War.

Washington’s troops endured dozens of snow storms during the harsh winter of 1780, which covered the Morristown, NJ camp in nearly six feet of snow. His troops were cold and hungry, sometimes resorting to eating tree bark, shoe leather, and dogs. On March 16, Washington announced that the following day would be a holiday in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, and he provided a hogshead of rum for the occasion.

What you Get: With History By Mail each letter comes with a separate document explaining the context of the letter including its author, recipient, and relevance to the events of its time, as well as a transcription when necessary.


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