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Christmas Bells

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem on Christmas day 1863. In November of that year Longfellow’s oldest son, who had volunteered for the Union Army without his father’s knowledge or permission, was severely wounded in battle. References to the Civil War are rarely included in the hymn based on Longfellow’s poem.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play,



And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom



Had...

Vanished Era Christmas' ; Invisible Children Santa Flew Over

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A wonderful photo ( ebay ), a small boy whose patriotic mother made him a tiny, military inspired outfit, a gifted drum and dear little be-ribboned hat make us 'sigh', how cute. There are several horrifying aspects to this photo- war is blood and death and suffering and mindless horror, not make-believe dress up- we 'sigh' anyway. And we only have images of our ancestors whose childhood was safe from want to 'sigh' over.

Not a long thread- but a reminder and an important one. Our image of " Victorian Christmas ", added to, eras mixed, co-mingled...

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Silent Night: How a Beloved Christmas Carol Was Born of War

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Franz Xaver Gruber, Autograph VII, 1860 (© Salzburg Museum / Museum Association

On Christmas Eve in 1818, two men with a small guitar entered a church in Oberndorf, Austria, and prepared to sing a new Christmas carol.

Times had been bad in Oberndorf, where many people worked on the water, manning the salt barges that plied the Salzach River. The upheaval in central Europe caused by the Napoleonic Wars had just ended.

And only two years before, the dreadfully dark summer of...

Merry Christmas from the Gettysburg Forum!

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Here’s wishing everyone here at CWT the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of holidays!

Authentic Egg Nog & Fruit Cake "Corporal's Kitchen" Dec 2016 Scott's Battery Newsletter

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Christmas during the Civil War served both as an escape from, and a reminder of, the awful conflict rending the country in two. Soldiers looked forward to a day of rest and relative relaxation, but had their moods tempered by the thought of separation from their loved ones. At home, families did their best to celebrate the holiday, but wondered when the vacant chair would again be filled.

Civil War soldiers in camp and their families at home drew comfort from the same sorts of traditions that characterize Christmas today. Alfred Bellard of the 5th New...

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