The Norwich campus has emptied as our students head home for a well-earned break. Though the holiday’s current date wasn’t fixed until 1863, it has been celebrated in one form or another throughout Norwich history. Almost as old is the tradition of students longing for that much-anticipated return to home, family, and fantastic food. Cadet James Ashton Hall, who unfortunately wouldn’t be making it home for Thanksgiving, wrote the following letter to his parents on November 24th, 1838:
I wish I could be at home Thanksgiving but stop; why wish for what I cannot have, finally it makes me feel kind of homesick to have nothing to do to day but sit down and think of home but why need I feel so womanish –
The bowl of coffee smoking high,
The victim chicken’s tender thigh,
The loaded plate of buttered steak,
The pie of meat and gingered cake,
They, all delicious to my taste,
Keep me, by famine, not to waste.
Then there is no trouble if my health is good I am well off.
Getting hungry yet? Happy Thanksgiving to our entire Norwich family (including the “victim chicken”)!