1863 ends quietly, with mostly words

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CMWinkler

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1863 ends quietly, with mostly words
December 30, 2013
By LARRY HARDMAN , Special to the Tribune Chronicle
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The month of December was a very quiet month for hostilities. However, there were many items before the Congress in regards to the war. In early December President Lincoln issued his Amnesty Proclamation and it had stirred a lengthy debate in both the North and the South.

l On the Dec. 7, the 38th Congress of the United States convenes in Washington and the 4th session of the Confederate Congress convenes in Richmond. Jefferson Davis does his best to maintain a positive outlook after a miserable year of setbacks in the war.

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T Bone

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Here are a few words that describe the December of 150 years ago that my grandfather endured;

"So great was the discomfort and so unremitting the march, that there was but little talking in the ranks; almost the only sounds audible were the thumping of canteens, the steady tramping of the men, and the ceaseless falling of the rain. A more dismal day, or a condition more uncomfortable and forlorn can scarcely be conceived: blankets, wet and heavy - clothes, ditto; stomachs, empty - haversacks, ditto; no sun in the heavens - no bacon in the Commissary; the temperatures cold and penetrating, and no time to build fires to warm or dry by..."
A History of the Sixtieth Alabama Regiment, Gracie's Alabama Brigade
by Lewellyn A. Shaver

this described the marching toward the Battle of Bean's Station
 
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