Attack on the batteries at Bull Run by three companies of the First Massachusetts Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Welles, commanding.

This Week in the Civil War

Dec 25, 1863
Christmas during the Civil War was a quiet and solemn time. As soldiers went into winter camp, the nation looked back on a year of bloodshed and forward to a new year with hopes that the conflict would end. This mood is perhaps best captured by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Christmas Bells,” which he wrote on Christmas Day in 1863.


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