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1862: “Will Uncle Abe Lincoln Stand Firm?”

December 27. Publish affairs unchanged. Will Uncle Abe Lincoln stand firm and issue his promised proclamation on the first of January, 1863? Nobody knows, but I think he will.

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1862: “We Had No Christmas”

[Christmas Day was not even] a holiday, much less a Christmas. No, we had no Christmas, merely the 25th of December come and gone. No chimes of gladness at the recurring anniversary of the advent of the Prince of Peace … Continue reading

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1862: Harper’s Images Of Fredericksburg

I decided to feature something a little different today. As usual in this series, I’m sharing a historical source, but today it’s a visual source instead of a quote. The Battle of Fredericksburg (December 11-15, 1862) was – like all … Continue reading

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1862: “War Is So Terrible”

“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”

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1862: “Poor Fredericksburg!”

November 23. Poor Fredericksburg! The enemy on the Stafford side of the river in force; their cannon planted on the hills. Day before yesterday they demanded the surrender of the town, which was declined by General Lee. They then threatened … Continue reading

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1862: “I Am Sick & Tired Of The Whole Business”

November 8, 1862 …I am glad to do McClellan this justice [grateful for promotion], because altho’ I do not think he has treated me altogether as well as I had a right to expect yet I am thankful for what … Continue reading

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