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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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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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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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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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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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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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