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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was moved by the sorrow of his own family and for his nation at war to compose the poem/lyrics for one of the most moving Christmas carols written.

President Lincoln visits Civil War troops | Historical Image

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Along with other “firsts” that began during the Civil War, such as hospital ships, postal delivery, and the first submarine, we can add the income tax

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The custom of offering Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, or representations thereof, as Epiphany gifts was common for centuries. I

The Confederate White House

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A letter written by Varna Davis offers a glimpse into Christmas during the Civil War

Longfellow House

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“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” which came from the pen of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) and was written on Christmas Day, 1864.

Santa Claus

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you can never talk of the Civil War and Christmas without bringing up the name of Thomas Nast, who was a newspaper cartoonist and a rabid Northerner.

Harpers Bizarre

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Were you hoping to get a refund this year? Who’s to blame? Our government, out of control presidential spending?

Museum of the Confederacy

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The Museum of the Confederacy (MOC) formally announced they will leave their long-term Richmond premises on Clay Street.

Elizabeth Temms gravesite

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Elizabeth Temms, who disguised herself to fight for the South, wanted only to be buried with her people.

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Elizabeth Temms, who disguised herself to fight for the South, wanted only to be buried with her people.

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The prayers, coffee, swearing-in, luncheon, and parade, was over - and it was time to dance, laugh and say thank you.

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