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In Their Own Words

December 24, 1864

Christmas Trees in Civil War

Pvt. Frederick Buerstatte of the 26th Wisconsin Volunteers recorded in his diary from Savannah on Christmas eve:

“24th Dec. - We cleaned our quarters. Each person planted a Christmas tree in front of his tent.”

Source: Civil War Letters of Major Fredrick C. Winkler, in 26th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers Home Page