Tag Archives: Civil War Christmas

Christmas In Winchester, Part 2

Continued from Part 1, which details the Civil War Christmas Winchester civilians always seemed to look back on with fond memories… By Christmas 1862, “Stonewall” Jackson had left the Shenandoah Valley for the final time. The general that Winchester adopted … Continue reading

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Christmas In Winchester, Part 1

Christmas 1861. The effects of the Civil War were already felt in Winchester, Virginia—a city poised at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley. Men had been recruited from the city and surrounding area and many served in a company … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 12/23-12/29/19

What’s your favorite Civil War Christmas song, account, or quote?

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Coffee For Christmas

Christmas 1864 found Confederate soldiers with little to celebrate. The war that so many had said would last just 90 days now reached it fourth winter with a gloomy outlook for their cause. But still, stories of brief holiday moments … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Historic Holiday Events In Prince William County

What historic sites in your area are hosting Civil War Christmas Events? We’d love to hear about them in the comments. Our friends in Prince William County are hosting Civil War Christmas Events at two of their historic sites. Check … Continue reading

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The Arrival of a Christmas Box in Camp

The Knox boys in the 30th Virginia Regiment spent the final ten months of the Civil War in the trenches of the Howlett Line. This line of Confederate defenses spanned the Bermuda Hundred area, and the soldiers here spent days … Continue reading

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Keeping Tradition… “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”

One of the ever-popular Christmas blog posts on Emerging Civil War is Meg Groeling’s article about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his war era poem that became a holiday song. As we come to the end of a day that is … Continue reading

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General Sherman’s Christmas in Savannah

Despite the dire predictions of what the terrible Sherman might do to the fine city of Savannah once he got his claws on it, the people of the city soon found that the lion had turned pussycat.  Of course, anything … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 12/24-12/30/18

It’s the season of fanciful wishes, so… If you could time-travel to spend Christmas or New Year’s at a Civil War camp or headquarters, who would you spend the holidays with? Why?

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Christmas 1863: “So Good-bye Homesicknesses”

This week I looked at some excerpts from Elisha Hunt Rhodes’s Civil War journal and found some interesting happenings in this Union soldier’s Christmas 155 years ago. Winter quarters, re-enlistment, patriotism, and Christmas made their way into his writings at … Continue reading

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