Soldiers' Christmas Online Exhibit
During the war, soldiers celebrated Christmas and the New Year in many different ways. Illustrations from the period range from the quiet reflection depicted in "The Sentry's Christmas" to the jubilant "Holiday Festivities of the 44th New York Volunteers." They also include Thomas Nast's first image of Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly; Santa appears patriotically dressed in a star-spangled jacket over a striped robe or trousers, visiting with soldiers in an army camp.
|Thumbnail Image||Caption/Description||Source of Illustration||Publication Date|
|The Sentry's Christmas - Thoughts of Home||New York Illustrated News,
January 4, 1862,
|The Bright Side of War - Holiday Festivities of the 44th New York Volunteers, at Their Camp, Hall's Hill, Virginia||Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper,
January 11, 1862,
|Santa Claus in Camp||Harper's Weekly,
January 3, 1863,
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