PEACE - which describes the last Christmas before the war; WAR - which includes more than a dozen selections about Christmas at the front selected from Robert E. Lee's correspondence, to Raphael Semmes memoir, to the reminisces of veterans, to Walt Whitman; SANTA CLAUS IN WARTIME - which includes a few delightful fiction pieces; CHRISTMAS AT HOME - with more than a dozen selections, including excerpts from Godey's Lady's Book, Christmas at the White House, short stories from Harper's Weekly, and more; and finally and happily: THE FIRST PEACETIME CHRISTMAS.
The book includes dozens of wartime engravings showing period Christmas traditions.
It need not be read from cover-to-cover. Favorite stories can be found and read on their own, and children will enjoy the engravings and some of the shorter stories, especially.
The Civil War Christmas Album may be a bit hard to find but well worth adding to your library and holiday reading table!