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This week in Civil War History

Troops find some Christmas cheer

December 24, 2012
By LARRY HARDMAN - Special to the Tribune Chronicle , Tribune Chronicle |

As the winter of 1862 sets in and the men from northeast Ohio begin to settle into camp around Washington, D.C., the Christmas holiday takes front and center. For many of the men this was a time to reflect the past year and the terrible turmoil in which they had passed. They were still in doubt as to who would become the "leader" and step forward to make the difference in the Union Army. Mr. Lincoln was about to bring the Emancipation Proclamation into law and the nation would have to react to its repercussions. 1863 must be a better year for the Union Army or it could see England and France begin to waiver their support to the Confederacy.



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