Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Day at Camp Gilmore

Thursday, November 26, 1863

The Thirteenth New Hampshire celebrated Thanksgiving at Camp Gilmore with a fine holiday meal highlighted with plum pudding for dessert. In the afternoon the men engaged in games after the meal, including sack and wheelbarrow races. The holiday celebration ended in the evening with religious services and a dress parade, and exulted in the news of General Ulysses Grant’s victory at Chattanooga, Tennessee.1

1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 218-19.

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