Re: [civilwarwest] Re: CW Christmas
- Near Brandy Station Va Dec 27, 1863
"Dear Folks at Home,
As today is Sunday and I have a little spare time I will send you a few lines
before the close of the year. I hope you all have passed a very pleasant
Christmas & wish you a happy New Year.
I received the things you sent to me & was very glad to receive them; I am
sorry to say some of the articles were a little damaged. The cakes made me
think of the last time I was at home when you were baking for Christmas; I
suppose Ma remembers very well what an important part I performed in
inspecting the majority of the pans full. The apples were very nice -- also
the part of the peaches I got.
Christmas was quite a dull day here & if it had not been for the "folks at
home" we would hardly have known that it was a holiday. On Christmas our
Brigade received about 8 wagon loads of Express packages & such a profusion
of turkeys, chickens, ducks, cakes of all kinds, jellies, candies, apples &c
I hardly expected to see on "Old Virginia."
We kept open until noon, I then passed the balance of the day over at the
Regiment with Capt. France. I suppose I must give you a description of our
Christmas dinner. Our drink was tea, sweetened to taste with white sugar &
milk: good fresh bread, butter, 3 kinds of jellies, 4 kinds of cakes, mince &
cherry pies, & candies. The day was very pleasant; clear but cold. I often
thought of you all & wondered what you were doing. Part of the time I would
have known where to have found you. I suppose Genie enjoyed himself with his
cakes & candies? So much for that."
First Lieutenant Rufus Ricksecker
The 126th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
- In a message dated 12/2/01 5:33:15 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< Probably. But that is the most famous one. Next time you go to
Fredericksburg, ask about it at the V.C.
>>Another was at Dalton, GA in Jan 64. At that one, even JEJ got hit by one
flying missile. Needless to say, the troops were told to improve their aim
in the future.