It is Christmas in a divided
Lt. Col. Rutherford B. Hayes writes Lucy from
Hayes dines in the sergeants’ mess of one of the companies of the 23rd Ohio, sharing in “an eighteen-pound turkey, chickens, pies, pudding, doughnuts, cake, cheese, butter, coffee, and milk, all abundant and of good quality.” Later, in his own quarters, Hayes entertains a dozen officers with oysters and crackers, and retires at
Sgt. Oscar D. Ladley, stuck with the 75th
Cpl. Robert H.
Another corporal in the 21st, William Shanks, records in his diary, “We have a good dinner and I go out and take a walk for the first time.”
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