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Merry Christmas from Soldiers Tales

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May 2019 bring you and your family health and happiness!

Feather Christmas Trees - Treasures From the Past

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The Christmas Tree Painting by Henry Mosler
Feather trees were the first artificial Christmas trees and they were originally made in Germany as early as 1845. Like many inventions, the tabletop feather tree came about out of necessity. By the mid-19th century, decorated Christmas trees were more popular than ever. Deforestation became widespread in Germany, especially during the Christmas holiday season.

It was a common practice to cut off the tip of a large fir tree to use as a Christmas tree. This practice prevented the tree from growing taller and made it useless as a timber tree. To protect the forests, statutes were enacted to limit...

Joyeux Noel, And To All A Good Night, From Ladies Tea

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No one can tell me these two were not one of the world's greatest love stories. He's still maneuvering her to catch a kiss under the mistletoe, her face an indication of private, deep joy. That's Christmas in a sepia nut shell.

Wishing the same joy to all our CWT mistletoe addicts, may it be applied each day in your New Year, from Ladies Tea.

It's a post war image, please excuse. Guessing, 1875? One of my hand's down favorites when it comes to this holiday, can't resist giving it an airing as a Christmas card from Ladies Tea.

Christmas Truce at Fredericksburg & Happy Holidays from the Medical Care Forum

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Happiest of holidays to everyone at Civil War Talk, from the Medical Care Forum!
"...Night came on, and those not on duty, lay down on the frozen ground to dream of other Christmas nights, when we knew not of war."

It was Christmas day [1862] and after partaking of a Christmas dinner of salt pork and hard tack, our attention was attracted by a rebel picket who hailed us from the opposite side of the river. “I say, Yank, if a fellow goes over there, will you let him come back again?” Receiving an affirmative answer, he proceeded to test the truth of it by paddling himself across the river. He was decidedly the cleanest specimen of a...​

Trivia 12-20-18 Who Are We

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I was in the Union Navy. In 1862 I was promoted to Commander. After the war I promoted to Rear Admiral. My younger brother was a Union General who was killed on Day 1. We are buried in the same cemetery in Pennsylvania. Who are we?

credit: @Mike Serpa

Trivia 12-19-18 Parody

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A Soldier’s “Tail” :dog:
(a song parody to the tune: “How Much is that Doggie in the Window”)

One day as I walked into a firehouse,
Not knowing what was in store.
Soon they would all be my best friends,
and we all would go off to war.

I listened each day for the bugle,
I knew what it meant when it called.
I ran out to do my duty,
and like them I would give my all.

When called I went out to give comfort,
For they were my dearest friends.
And when we were captured by Rebels,
I marched off to Belle Isle Prison.

In 6 months I’d walked out in freedom,
it was such a glorious day.
My messmates gave me something special,
but it was soon taken...

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