Tag Archives: National Holidays and the Civil War

The Long, Long, Road to Secession Part I

Ever since a deranged racial terrorist burst into a Black church in Charleston and murdered people, politicos of all stripes have been on a Jihad against symbols of the Civil War throughout the South and elsewhere.  Self-anointed vigilantes have gone … Continue reading

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Christmas, 1864. A Union Christmas: Washington, D.C. Civil War Christmas, Part 10

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

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The Day Lincoln Was Assassinated: The Final Premonition

“Presentiments are strange things! and so are sympathies; and so are signs; and the three combined make one mystery to which humanity has not yet found the key”  Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre  As every school child knows–or should know–Abraham Lincoln, … Continue reading

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Christmas 1864: A Civil War Christmas, Part 8

Christmas 1864 In the span of a year things had changed radically. While the North had not yet won, and the ultimate outcome was not yet certain, everywhere it seemed that Union forces were advancing inevitably onward to a final … 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 initial optimism of the Rebels had been dashed by the series of defeats at Forts Donelson and Henry in … Continue reading

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THANKSGIVING AND THE CIVIL WAR: A Civil War Christmas, Part 2

It is not generally appreciated, but Thanksgiving as we now know it began, not with the Pilgrims and still less with the Puritans, but during the four bitter years of the American Civil War. The so-called First Thanksgiving of 1621, … Continue reading

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