Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving and Civil War soldiers


The actual holiday has its roots in the Civil War as Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November “as a day of thanksgiving and praise.” The soldiers found it hard to be away from their families on such a good holiday and found the time to celebrate and give thanks on the field. The food wasn’t at all like you would use at home though. One soldier wrote home saying that it consisted of “hard bread” and added “during the day I thought of you at home having your nice dinners.” It was a memorable moment whenever families would bring care packages of sweets like doughnuts and other candy. During the holiday they also took a break from everyday duties and held foot races, target practice, a rowing march, and other competitions.

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