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Friday, November 23, 2012

Civil War Photo Friday: Thanksgiving in camp

It's the day after Thanksgiving and we're all tucking into leftovers. Thanksgiving was a big deal during the Civil War too, when people gave thanks for still being alive. Here's an image from the Library of Congress showing Thanksgiving in a Union camp in 1861. I've included a detail below so you can see the happy guys tucking into some turkey. I have a feeling the meals got smaller as the war dragged on, especially in the Southern camps.


  1. Well, at least for one day they ate good!

  2. These look like charcoal sketches. Unusual, especially because of the happy mood. I like the way they highlighted the fires and smoke.

  3. What a great image! I never really thought about the celebration of Thanksgiving during the Civil War. I love historical images.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse


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