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

1863 was a pivotal year for all, even if many, 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 took … 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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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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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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