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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