Christmas Bells

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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 rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its...

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, inexact and wildly inaccurate in spots can indeed be delightful. ' It ' was probably not exactly how we...

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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 1816 — later blamed on ash from a volcanic eruption in Indonesia — had caused famine and...

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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Egg Nog and Fruit Cake

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 Jersey noted, “In order to make it look much like Christmas as possible, a small tree was stuck up in...

" Keeping Christmas ", Christmas Past And How We're Doing With That

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Taken from an 1863 Nast spread for Harper's, Keeping Christmas in the era looks fairly familiar. Tree, family, toys children and Joy galore- Father Christmas has morphed into Santa in another section of the page, the feast into Christmas dinner and Christmas greens entwine the whole. Christmas, kept.

Dad always said ' The Civil War was yesterday '. Not as baffling a statement as you'd think considering we're only a few generations post war. What seem huge changes between the war years and 2018 were really a slow roll into an ancestor's tomorrow, incremental, societal shifts only notable because they've been glued end-to-end...

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 ★  -Happy Birthday General Dumont

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Ebenezer Dumont


Born: November 23, 1814

Birthplace: Vevay, Switzerland County, Indiana

Father: John L. Dumont 1787 – 1871
(Buried: Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana)​

Mother: Julia Louisa Corey 1794 – 1857
(Buried: Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana)​

Wife: Mary Ann Cheek 1822 – 1907
(Buried: Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana)​


Mary Fannie Dumont Braden 1840 – 1934​
(Buried: Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis...​

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