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My university used to hold classes on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day—a policy I wholeheartedly supported. I used the opportunity to spend time in my writing classes looking at the masterful craftsmanship of King’s rhetoric. People tend to remember him … Continue reading
Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Rob Wilson Combing through my great grandfather’s Civil War letters for a holiday season story, I learned how, in 1861, he celebrated Christmas in January. That year George A. Marden was a fresh … Continue reading
From Christmases past or present, do you have a favorite Civil War related gift that you have received?
Merry Christmas! It’s a tradition at Emerging Civil War to read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” and Meg Groeling’s memorable article, sharing the Civil War history surrounding this holiday classic. As you enjoy your … Continue reading
In May of 1863, thick and prickly holly bushes were just one of a dozen kinds of hostile flora the soldiers had to contend with as they tried to maneuver and fight their way across the Chancellorsville battlefield. Tonight, though, … Continue reading
Ice-skating! Across the chilly regions of America, this favorite pastime created fun and energetic entertainment during the Civil War era. In city parks, the winter activity was refined as a social skill and art while on less sophisticated ponds or … Continue reading
Wishing all our readers and authors a joyous and peaceful holiday season! (Historic photo credit: “Brandy Station, Va., vicinity. Camp of 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps; sometime between December 1862 and April 1863.” Public Domain.)
As 1862 faded into memory, Christmas approached for the horse soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia and Army of the Potomac. Camped in the Rappahannock River Valley following the Battle of Fredericksburg, their experiences that holiday varied from one … Continue reading
‘Tis the season! And we’ve collected a few of the Christmas themed blog posts from our archives to celebrate with a little Civil War history. May your days be merry, bright, and filled with cheerful historical details!