Mary Chesnut’s Christmas

by Daniel Russ on December 25, 2016

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Christmas Day, 1863.


“Yesterday dined with the Prestons. Wore one of my handsomest Paris dresses (from Paris before the war). Three magnificent Kentucky generals were present, with Senator Orr from South Carolina, and Mr. Miles…Others dropped in after dinner; some without arms, some without legs; von Borcke, who can not speak because of a wound in his throat…Poor fellows, they laugh at wounds. “And they yet can show many a scar.” We had for dinner oyster soup, besides roast mutton, ham, boned turkey, wild duck, partridge, plum pudding, sauterne, burgundy, sherry, and Madeira. There is life in the old land yet!”

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