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The Union Gives Thanks–The Soldier’s and Sailor’s Thanksgiving of 1864–Part I

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

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