President Lincoln’s Christmas Gift, 1864


By Evan Phifer One hundred fifty years ago this winter, the United States experienced its last holiday season of the Civil War. For the past three Decembers, President Abraham Lincoln had been frustrated by defeats on the battlefield and the …

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