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!

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COL Warner, Adoniram Judson

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Adoniram Judson Warner


Born: January 13, 1834

Birthplace: Erie County, New York

Father: Levi Warner 1794 – 1849

Mother: Hepzibah Dickinson 1800 – 1854

Wife: Susan Elizabeth Butts 1833 – 1916
(Buried: Oak Grove Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio)​


Elmer Warner 1857 – 1862​
(Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.)​
Julia Belle Warner Woodbridge 1858 – 1943​
(Buried: Chattanooga Memorial Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee)​

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