Christmas Eve 1863 with the 16th Georgia Infantry

Longstreet’s Dept of East Tennesee, Kershaw’s Division, Wofford’s Brigade
Camp, Jefferson County, TN
Christmas Eve, December 24, 1863

“I wrote home yesterday by Maj McMillen of the 24th Ga. Our mail line not yet opened. Last night the cold was intense, all the blankets I had did not keep me warm. Yesterday orders were received for the troops to build huts and make themselves as comfortable as possible. We expect to remain here for some time, at least until we burn all the wood around us. This morning the wind from the north, X’mas Eve & no egg nogg.”

~ Robert P Myers, Asst Surgeon, 16th Georgia Infantry

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas filled with the joys of the season.