The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Jeannie Ferriss
Whitehall Community Library 

Between the Stacks

 

November 16, 2016



It was the third year of the Civil War, 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared that each November there would be a national day of Thanksgiving. It was based on a celebration which first took place in 1621, when the Wampanoag Indians and the Plymouth settlers shared a meal after the fall crops had been harvested. The New World had been a cruel lesson for the pilgrims with only 51 settlers surviving out of 102 original arrivals. Now life was once again hard for a nation at war with itself. Would the long Civil War ever end? It would take until 1865 before Lee’s Army of Northern Vi...



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