This is pure myth--part of the "New England-centric" mythic history of the United States. Them boys up in Massachusselly did a hell of a job of making it all about themselves.
The victory of Meade's army over Lee's army at Gettysburg was a watershed in the course of the war. Even though the handwriting was already on the wall for the South, thanks to the uniformly successful campaigning in what was known as the West--the focus of political discourse was on the East, and the Gettysburg victory was a great relief to Lincoln, who would face a tough re-election campaign in the following year. In October of that year, he issued his day of thanksgiving proclamation, and it has been observed ever since. It was a wise political move, and, for once, the politics were forgotten, and have been replaced by a sincere and devout love of overeating and televised football.
I thought the meaning of Thanksgiving was to give thanks to the early colonists for eventually making this a diverse society where many can live comfortably, rather than the ethnocentric, religious exclusivity, of many a European country? Personally, I give thanks to this country being "a great Protestant nation." I could not imagine us being a world power if this was just another "Catholic country." It almost seems like God's plan, since tough times need tough characters.
I give thanks on Thanksgiving for the good things that have happened to me and those who I love, and am grateful for what I have.
I had sardines and herring for breakfast and duck and ham for supper.
cheddar chesse and raw veggies
corn on the cob
lemon garlic olive oil green beans
2 types of gravy
choclate cream pie
Well, I didn't have all those things, but they were there. I'll sure be sampling all of that over the next few days.
I actually didn't eat much at all. Was enjoying our company too much. Our neighbor, who made the duck, dressing and one of the gravies, and a friend, who brought some books.