Civil War Era Studies
Christmas was coming, and a knot of officers of the 87th Pennsylvania suddenly found their December a bit brighter. Nine boxes had been sent along to the officers, packed to the brim with, "all kinds of necessaries and delicacies, such as will be conducive to our comfort and health while in our present condition." And the soldiers were pleased.
Any soldier would be pleased to have a pair of warm socks, a stack of stationary or a can of preserved vegetables from home. But these men were doubly pleased.
The letter of gratitude they wrote to the Gettysburg Compiler was mailed from Libby Prison in Richmond. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., "And With The Sound The Carols Drowned: Captives in Bleak December" (2013). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 96.