God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story

By: McIvor, James

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Very Good Condition: Pages clean, unmarked. Tight binding. Black marker line on bottom outer page edges. Cover shows minor shelf storage wear. Dustjacket shows very minor wear and outer soil. Hardcover book with dustjacket copy of God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story by James McIvor. New York: Viking (Penguin Group), 2005. 162 pages. 5-3/8 x 7-1/4 inches, 19 cm. From the dustjacket: By the second Christmas of the Civil War in 1862, the childlike optimism the soldiers carried with them into conflict had failed. These were after all young boys who had just spent Christmas away from home, sleeping in frozen puddles and scraping together bacon fat and lardtack for their Christmas feasts. Many spent Christmas Day writing letters to their families either lamenting their sorry conditions or saying their final farewells in anticipation of the battle to come. The enemy had begun to seem, more than North or south, the war itself. Then just after Christmas in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a small miracle occurred. On the eve of the bloody Battle of Stone River, the Union and Confederate armies setup camp within shouting distance of one another. To raise their spirits, they began a combative volley of patriotic tunes: Yankee Doodle drown out by Dixie. Then a union band began to play Home Sweet Home. A Confederate band chimed in, and soon every regimental band and every soldier, Rebel and Yankee alike, swelled the chorus. The bittersweet moment is the centerpiece of McIvor's tale, a portrait in miniature of our nation, weary of war. Filled with soldiers' letters marked by humor, yearning, and courage as well as Christmas poems and songs from the period, God Rest Ye Merry Soldiers is a testament to the soldiers' legacy: the hope that even the deepest divisions of a nation torn apart by war may someday be healed.Always! Free Standard Shipping in USA!


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In the tradition of the bestselling Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce, this inspiring title is filled with soldiers' letters, Christmas poems, and songs from the period. McIvor presents the true story of unabashed holiday spirit on the eve of the Battle of Stones River in Tennessee.

Title: God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story

Author/Composer: McIvor, James

Categories: History Military/War,

Edition: 2nd prt.

Publisher: Viking Adult: 2005-11-03

ISBN Number: 0670034517

ISBN Number 13: 9780670034512

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 002914

Keywords: Literature Nonfiction, American Civil War True Stories, Civil War Christmas, Murfreesboro 1862, James McIvor, ISBN 0670034517,