Christmas in Savannah: A Letter from Major Henry Hitchcock

Emerging Civil War

Sherman's Christmas Dinner in Savannah. This sketch was published in Harper's Weekly on January 28, 1865. Sherman’s Christmas Dinner in Savannah. This sketch was published in Harper’s Weekly on January 28, 1865.

On Christmas Eve, 1864, Major Henry Hitchcock, an officer serving on Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s staff, took a moment late in the evening to begin writing a letter home to his family. Hitchcock  did not finish it until a few days later, as events on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are chronicled. The most interesting of these was a dinner hosted by Sherman on Christmas Night. The following is excerpted from Marching with Sherman: Passages from The Letters and Campaign Diaries of Henry Hitchcock Major and Adjutant General of Volunteers November 1864-May 1865. Edited by M.A. DeWolfe Howe, Introduction by Brooks D. Simpson. University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

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