Tag Archives: National Holidays and the Civil War

WHY SLAVERY WAS NOT THE REAL CAUSE OF THE CIVIL WAR: The Road to Secession Part I

Ever since a deranged racial terrorist burst into a Black church in Charleston last year and murdered the people there, politicos of all stripes have been on a iconoclastic Jihad against symbols of the Civil War throughout the South and … 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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The Day Lincoln Died: The Final Premonition

As every school child knows (or should know) Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth President, was assassinated on April 14, 1865, and died in the early morning hours of the following day, April 15.  Less well known is that, that very morning, Lincoln … 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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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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THANKSGIVING AND THE CIVIL WAR: A Civil War Christmas, Part 2

It is not generally appreciated, but the Thanksgiving celebration as we now know it began, not with the Pilgrims, but during the Late Unpleasantness—the American Civil War. The so-called First Thanksgiving of 1621, the standard fare of grade school celebrations, … Continue reading

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