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Christmas in the Hospitals: Bringing Cheer to a Dreary Holidays

It is never fun to spend the holidays in the hospital and it was no different during the Civil War. Soldiers in pain from battle wounds or suffering from diseases or infections, sometimes exasperated by wartime shortages, made the holiday … Continue reading

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Christmas Is Coming!

Oh dear! What should we get Cousin Sarah and Uncle Chris? They love history and that war—the Civil one, I think. . . whatever shall we do? Fear not, loyal readers. Emerging Civil War is coming with a glorious flanking maneuver … Continue reading

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Christmas Arrives in January at a Washington D.C. Camp of Instruction

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

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Question of the Week: 12/25-12/30/17

From Christmases past or present, do you have a favorite Civil War related gift that you have received?

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“On Christmas Day” – An ECW Tradition

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

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Boughs of Holly

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

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Ice-Skating in the 1860’s

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

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Holiday Greetings From ECW

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.)

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Historical Christmas Cheer From ECW’s Archives

‘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!

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Be of Good Cheer!

I regularly inspect caches of images concerning the Civil War. It is in this way that I have made some amazing finds, most of which are eventually shared here at ECW. In a historic period where it took a few … Continue reading

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