As many people believed The American Civil War (1861-1865) would be over quickly,its earliest battles not taken particularly seriously by civilians.Indeed at battle of Manassas/Bull Run,July 21st 1861,warm Sunday afternoon,a few hundred people,some Senators & wives & families,arrived with picnics to spectate from the sidelines.According to sources,they would "stay far enough away you wouldn’t see any blood" & conceded were going to be some casualties but there [was] supposed to be".
Victorian picnickers did not dream of eating outdoors without a kerosene burner to boil their kettles for tea. Thus, the true mark of a Victorian picnic is to make sure your food is more than cold cuts and chips. Prepare your menu as if you were hosting a proper meal in your home. And your dishes need not be overly rich or time-consuming to prepare; our Recipes section features a number of simple recipes for tea sandwiches that would be perfectly appealing for a picnic.