Dear Reader: This year’s December issue will again be dedicated to the holidays celebrated trench-side. Also enclosing last years December (2012) issue. Have a Blessed Christmas!
A Civil War CHRISTMAS WEDDING!
One of the greatest social events in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on December 14, 1862, was the wedding of twenty-one year old Mattie Ready, daughter of one of the most prominent Rutherford County families.
Her father, Colonel Charles Ready Jr. has been a United States congressman before the war.
The bride was a girl of rare beauty; tall, dark-haired and blue eyed with a creamy complexion and perfect
features. Her bridal dress was one of her best ante-bellum frocks, inasmuch as it was not possible at that time to purchase material for a trousseau.
Three regimental bands provided music for the blessed occasion. They were stationed in the ballroom, the garden and on the porch.
The groom was a classic Southern aristocrat, raven-haired, black-mustached and six feet tall, handsome and a devotee of the Southern code of honor. He had been expelled from college for dueling, had a reputat-ion as a gambler and a libertine.
He was recently widowed.
In his general’s uniform, the groom looked like a hero of chivalry. His name was John Hunt Morgan.
FROM: “GOD REST YE MERRY, SOLDIERS,” by James McIvor, 2006
“This sad Christmas has passed away. The Christmas turkey and ham were not. We had aspired to a turkey, but finding the prices range from $50 to $100 in the market on Saturday, we contented ourselves with roast beef. Ginger-bread cakes and tea made two very rare indulgences.” Confederate officer stationed
“Thanksgiving is almost over and I have had neither turkey, nog or pumpkin pie.” Col. Alvin Vris in his
diary, November 1862
“Yesterday our Thanksgiving consisted of turkeys sent us by the Sanitary Commission from New York.”
We ate it thankfully, and hoped that when another Thank-giving rolls around, there would be no picket lines in these Re-United states.” Wilbur Fisk, on picket duty
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
“Thanksgiving passed off joyously enough, there being Turkies for all – it seemed more of a Holiday here.”
Flornce Grugan of the 2nd Pennsylvania
Heavy Artillery, attached to the Chief
Quartermasters office at City Point
An incident happened outside Fort Stedman near Peters-burg on 25 March 1865 that fore shadowed a changing in the air.
Pickets on either side, often struck up conversations during the long nights of guard duty – a sort of tense, personal amity.
As darkness fell and a Sunday stillness spread over the lines, pickets on both sides, emerged from the woods, spontaneously.
Then cautiously, with mutual consent, slowly laid down their weapons and came forward to “no-man’s land.”
They spoke not as enemies, but ordinary men in the same business, who had stopped at the roadside to trade shop talk.
They exchanged newspapers, swapped coffee beans for tobacco and cigars. Then picked up their arms and returned to their posts as Forward Pickets. From: “Don’t Know Much About the Civil War.”