Tag Archives: Christmas in the Civil War

Christmas on the Rappahannock

About twenty years ago my parents bought me a Civil War painting by Ray W. Forquer. The painting, “Christmas on the Rappahannock,” has always been one of my favorites. It’s not the artistry that I love so much, but the … Continue reading

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Thomas Nast’s Divided Christmas

On this day in 1863 Thomas Nast’s Christmas Eve forced the readers of Harper’s Weekly to confront the hardships of a war-torn wintry season. Though drawn in 1862, the image occupied a double-page spread in the January 3, 1863 edition … Continue reading

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With Thoughts of Santa on Christmas Eve…

On this Christmas Eve, with thoughts of Santa Claus on the minds of boys and girls and those who are young of heart, Emerging Civil War has put in a word with ol’ St. Nick to include all of you … Continue reading

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Yes, Billy, There Is a Santa Claus. No, Johnny, He Isn’t Going to Run the Blockade

We know that the Thanksgiving Presidential Turkey Pardon is a product of the American Civil War, as is the Proclamation that the fourth Thursday in November should be the official date for the holiday, but Santa Claus? In short, yes! … Continue reading

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