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Bill of Fare of the Presidential Inauguration Ball in the City of Washington, D.C., on the 6th of March 1865
Caterers of the inaugural ball were prepared to serve 300 guests at a time in the dining room, so when all 4,000 guests demanded to be served at the same time, chaos broke out. While President Lincoln escaped unnoticed, the hungry mob descended into the dining room wanting to get their $10 worth of food. The beautiful spun-sugar replica of Fort Sumter and six other edible tributes to the military were quickly devoured. Guests without chairs at the table hastily took trays away from servers before the trays could be set down; they then hurried off to try to eat as much of their bounty as possible before another party-goer took notice.
- Bill of Fare of the Presidential Inauguration Ball in the City of Washington, D.C., on the 6th of March 1865
- G.A. Balzer
- Origin Date:
- March 6, 1865