Category Archives: Holidays
To those of us who love roses, and who love the Civil War, growing a Mr. Lincoln rose is a natural. Mr. Lincoln (Rosa ‘Mr. Lincoln’) is one of the loveliest, deliciously fragrant red roses ever bred–a proud rose with … Continue reading
March 4th.–The President very quietly rode down to the Capitol in his own carriage, by himself, on a sharp trot, about noon, either because he wish’d to be on hand to sign bills, or to get rid of marching … Continue reading
On November 10, 2012, the 23rd Regiment United States Colored Troops celebrated veterans in the Fredericksburg area of Virginia. This was our first Veterans Day program and it was held at the John J. Wright Museum in Fredericksburg. During this … Continue reading
With little commentary or ado, I simply wish to offer you the thoughts, emotions, and memories of Christmas as experienced by some of those mired in the throes of Civil War 150 years ago.
I unexpectedly found myself in Lexington, Virginia on Saturday evening (long story!). I thought I’d share a couple snapshots to help folks get into the holiday spirit.
Nationally, America only celebrated two holidays in the mid-nineteenth century: July 4 and George Washington’s Birthday. This changed when, due to the tireless efforts of Sarah Josepha Hale, President Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring November 24, 1864 to be a day … Continue reading
Part five in a series. Uncle Sam? Santa Claus? Lady Columbia? The Republican Elephant? The Democratic Donkey? All of these images of America have the same source, Thomas Nast, cartoonist extraordinaire (and functional illiterate) for Harper’s Weekly. Born into a … Continue reading