Monthly Archives: December 2012

First Virginia Cavalry Halted after sketch by Alfred Waud

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Long Ago and Far Away: A Civil War Christmas, Part 5

CHRISTMAS, 1861. Across the Potomac from the White House in 1861, although thousands of soldiers faced each other with bayonet and gun and cannon, the attitudes among the combatants was far more merry than among Lincoln and his cabinet that … Continue reading

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Christmas 1861: A Civil War Christmas, Part 4

Christmas, 1861, was a hectic day in the White House. All three Lincoln sons were there for the holiday, with Robert, the eldest, home from Harvard. Willie and Tad were a handful on normal days and with Mary in a … Continue reading

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Christmas, 1860: A Civil War Christmas , Part 3

In December, 1860, the United States was to surface appearance still a nation at peace; but beneath all the festivities of the season festered a dire disease: secessionism. North and South, East and West, folk went about their daily chores, … Continue reading

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A Civil War Christmas: Part 1, An Introduction

Given the fact that the Civil War fundamentally altered our nation in so many ways, it is not surprising that the celebration of Christmas was also deeply affected by that conflict. In early America there was a deep distrust of the holiday … Continue reading

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Homecoming: The Haunting of Carter House

Although Thanksgiving as we know it originated with Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation of 1863, late November had long been the season of Harvest Home, of family and friends returning to gather around the hearth.  November 30 was a homecoming of sorts; … Continue reading

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