You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch. The Confederacy's Worst Christmas Ever, 1864

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An 1863 image in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper depicts a family celebrating Christmas. Be sure, not a Southern family and not 1864. The Grinch Act was in place, not a toy in sight that year.

So this is confusing. Just made up the term " The Grinch Act ", first thing that came to mind after discovering ( Hathitrust ) a government act forbidding importation of well, Christmas. We know how shortages of pretty much anything affected Southern civilians. We know blockade runners managed to slip some, few goods into Southern markets through the war, albeit few could afford them. Stuck between a war and a hard place, there...

Lieutenant Willam Henry Pohlman, 59th N.Y., " Not While I Have My Sword Arm Left " July 2, 1863

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Snip from one of several Sneden Gettysburg maps, no idea if the 59th New York's position is included but cannot be very far out of frame. So many regiments, so many stories. Easy enough to miss them. ( edited now to include the position of the 59th, thanks very much Ernie Mac )

Lieutenant Polman's death of wounds received July 2nd, 1863 wasn't singular or even notable. Nurses reported empty beds or unfamiliar faces on pillows where an hour previously they'd dressed wounds for another soldier. His story was probably much the same ' gallant ' death as more men than we can fathom.

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From William's obituary. " Speak his name...

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John Brown

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Born: May 9, 1800
Birthplace: Torrington, Connecticut
Father: Owen Brown 1771 – 1856
(Buried: Old Hudson Township Burying Ground, Hudson, Ohio)​
Mother: Ruth Mills 1772 – 1808
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