Lasting lessons in an 1862 Boston Thanksgiving
An abolitionist and a Mass. governor’s Thanksgiving dinner led to the creation of a storied black Civil War regiment
On Thursday, when you sit down for your meal and give thanks, take a few minutes to share with the table the story about one of the most important Thanksgiving dinners in history. It took place 150 years ago in Boston. Massachusetts Governor John Albion Andrew joined Lewis Hayden for dinner at Hayden’s Beacon Hill home. Hayden and Andrew shared a meal and talked about how to persuade President Lincoln to let black men fight in the Union Army.