Civil War: Army of the Shenandoah Under General Phil Sheridan (1864)
Abraham Lincoln first recognized troops on Thanksgiving during the Civil War, in 1864. According to the Pilgrim Hall Museum, that year, the Union League Club of New York launched a campaign to provide Thanksgiving dinner for members of the military. They were able to purchase 146,586 pounds of poultry and received an additional 225,000 pounds via donations. Thanksgiving meals also included other meats, cakes, gingerbread, pickles, apples, vegetables, cheese, and mince pies, and were delivered to troops on military bases.