Category Archives: Civil War Christmas

Home is the Hunter: Christmas, 1865. A Civil War Christmas

Christmas, 1865.  The fighting was over, the armies disbanded and all over the nation men were returning to hearth and home.  When the war began the country was an agrarian republic of dispersed and disputing communities; by war’s end the … Continue reading

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The Christmas Picket: A Civil War Christmas, Part 12

December 25, 1861. A nineteen year old private in the Confederate army, Valerius Cincinnatus Giles, was on guard detail along the Potomac River this Winter day, pacing back and forth and occasionally staring over at the Yankees of General Sickles’ … Continue reading

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Captain Aldrich and the “Dance of Death”

The 17th Infantry, United States Colored Troops, was initially organized in the city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in the fall of 1863, soon after the Battle of Chickamauga. It began by recruiting a combination of local “contrabands,” some 300 like minded … Continue reading

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A Union Christmas: Washington, 1864: A Civil War Christmas, Part 10

Christmas 1864, Washington D.C.   If things were looking dim for Varina Howell and her husband “Jeffie” in Richmond, it was quite the opposite across the Potomac in Washington that same December. That Fall, General Sherman had begun his famous (or infamous) march … Continue reading

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Starvation Christmas, Richmond,1864: A Civil War Christmas, Part 9

Christmas 1864 Richmond.  Christmas is traditionally a celebration of abundance and cheer, but as Dickens pointed out in his famous Yuletide tale, for many it can also be a time of want and need.  The South seceded to much jubilation … Continue reading

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Christmas 1864: A Civil War Christmas, Part 8

Christmas 1864 would be the last Christmas of the war. In the span of a year things had changed radically; while the North had not yet won, nor was the final outcome yet secure, everywhere it seemed that Union forces … Continue reading

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“Ought it not be merry Christmas?” Christmas 1863: A Civil War Christmas, 7

1863 was a pivotal year for all, even if many folk North and South could not see it yet. During the summer, the North had made three stunning victories, all at the same time: on the Fourth of July Grant … Continue reading

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Another view of Christmas Eve

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Christmas, 1862: A Civil War Christmas, Part 6

CHRISTMAS 1862. It had been a bloody year and December of 1862 proved to be a bloody month. The confidence and optimism of the Rebels had been dimmed by the defeats at Forts Donelson and Henry, the loss of Nashville … Continue reading

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First Virginia Cavalry Halted after sketch by Alfred Waud

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