Weird Beard Award

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They had some weird facial hair in the 1800s, but this one of the strangest beards I've ever seen! He'll never need a scarf, that's for sure.

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Sweethearts

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Feather trees were the first artificial Christmas trees and they were originally made in Germany as early as 1845.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...

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...

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...​

Trivia Question 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

We are back online!

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Well, that was probably the longest 24 hours I've spent in a long time. We are back on line!

We are now running in a nifty new server and the problems I was experiencing in the system are now just a memory. Yay!

Hopefully this will be the last server downtime for a long time!

Trivia Question 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”)

1.
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.

2.
I listened each day for the bugle,
I knew what it meant when it called.
I ran out...

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...

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