Monthly Archives: December 2012

First Virginia Cavalry Halted after sketch by Alfred Waud

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Christmas, 1861. Long Ago and Far Away: A Civil War Christmas, Part 5

CHRISTMAS, 1861.  Although thousands of soldiers faced each other with bayonet and gun and cannon this winter, the attitudes among the combatants was far more merry than among Lincoln and his cabinet was that December 25. Men far from hearth … Continue reading

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Christmas 1861: Crisis in the White House. A Civil War Christmas, Part 4

Christmas, 1861, was a hectic day in the White House. All three Lincoln sons were home for the holiday.  Robert, the eldest, was home from Harvard. Willie and Tad were up to their usual antics, in contrast to their sedate … Continue reading

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Christmas, 1860: A Civil War Christmas, Part 3

December 1860. The United States was, to surface appearance, still a nation at peace, but beneath all the festivities of the season festered a fatal political disease: Secessionism. Nevertheless, North and South, East and West, folk went about their daily … Continue reading

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A Civil War Christmas, Part 1: An Introduction

Τhe Civil War fundamentally altered our nation in many, many ways. It is not surprising, therefore, that the manner in which we celebrate Christmas was also deeply affected by that great conflict. It may seem odd to many today, but … 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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