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3rd NH Celebrates Thanksgiving in SC “In Playing Ball, Turkey Shooting”

Salience Peripheral
Tags Civil War, Holidays, Military
Location South Carolina
City/State/Country: Port Royal, SC, United States
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult
Holiday Thanksgiving

Writing to the editor of the Manchester NH Farmer’s Cabinet, a soldier Mudsill noted that while awaiting further orders on the South Carolina island of Port Royal in November 1861, the 3rd NH observed a “regular, old-fashioned New England Thanksgiving Thursday, away down here in Dixie?” The pumpkin pies and plum pudding were missing, but “the day was passed in playing ball, turkey shooting, and in the afternoon a pole was erected and the regimental flag run up, amid a thousand cheers.” He does not further describe the ball game.

Source: “Our Army Correspondence: Letter from the N. H. Third,” Farmer’s Cabinet, December 12, 1861.. Accessed via Genealogybank subscription, 5/21/09.

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