Feather trees were the first artificial Christmas trees and they were originally made in Germany as early as 1845.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...
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.
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  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...
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?
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The American Civil War
The American Civil War, arguably the most traumatic event in the history of the United States, was fought from 1861 to 1865, and was the culmination of sectional issues which deeply divided the country between a pro-Federal government North and a pro-states rights, in the pro-slavery South, whose eleven states formed a breakaway government called the Confederate States of America. The costliest war in terms of human lives, the American Civil War claimed in excess of 620,000 battle or disease-related deaths - roughly two percent of the country's total population, and nearly more deaths than all other American wars combined.