Christmas at Fort Ward


Sonia Hurlbutt waits with the other women by the fire of the camp.


Cindy Larkin describes the ‘Secession cockade’ in her Glengarry cap.


Amy Marie Beechler describes the 14 layers of underpinnings that she has put on before topping it with her traveling suit.

Saturday afternoon, 1863 returned with Christmas in Camp at Ft. Ward. It was the year and season that illustrator Thomas Nast’s Union Santa was featured on the cover of Harper’s Weekly. The War was going poorly for the Union troops and the President is said to have been looking for ways to lift morale.

At Fort Ward re enactors portrayed Confederate and Union soldiers, women appeared as visitors to the camp as a batch of Wassail was heating on the open fire.