Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

by John Beauchamp Jones

            DECEMBER 26TH. —No army news. No papers. No merriment this Christmas. Occasionally an exempt, who has speculated, may be seen drunk ; but a somber heaviness is in the countenances of men, as well as in the sky above. Congress has adjourned over to Monday.

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