Voice from the Past: A Christmas Bundle

Posted: 12/12/2011
Author: Laura June Davis
Christmas Boxes in Camp—Christmas, 1861 by Winslow Homer

Good Morning! Today's Voice from the Past is Julia Ellen LeGrand Waitz of New Orleans, Louisiana. The following excerpt is from a December 1861 diary entry.

Just completed another bundle of clothes for poor Claude, which we hope will reach him before Christmas, the other bundle having failed to reach him... My heart turns so lovingly to our poor brother -- shall I ever see him again? Will he die in battle, or will this wretched cough that keeps me awake at night and makes me feel so worn and weak in the morning, kill me before he can return a victorious soldier?

Citation: Julia Ellen LeGrand Waitz,  "Diary of Julia LeGrand Waitz, December, 1861," in The Journal of Julia LeGrand, New Orleans 1862-1863 ( Rowland, Kate Mason and Croxall, Agnes E., eds. (Richmond, VA: Everett Waddey Co., 1911), 318.

Image Credit: Harper's Weekly, January 4, 1862
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