Civil War Era Studies
The legend is striking: Clement Clarke Moore, sitting with his children on a Christmas Eve in 1822, reading them a poem he has scrawled out that day, inspired by a winter shopping trip. Little Charity and Mary were likely entranced at six and three. Clement, a one-year-old, and Emily, a newborn, likely weren’t as enrapt by the lilting rhymes.
The poem for Moore’s children found new life a year later, published in a Troy, New York newspaper. And since then, A Visit From Saint Nicholas has been embedded in our culture. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., "Tarnish'd with Ashes and Soot: A Classic Poem’s Dank Corners" (2013). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 97.