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Thursday, 15 March 2012 09:34
(Editor's note: "Josh Franklin's Far Out Family Blog" is 10 chapters of Civil War history focusing on Ohio's role, written in a modern tone. Students, parents and teachers are invited to take the series a little further after reading it, and discuss the topics suggested below. The series is published through Ohio Newspapers in Education and was written by Steven Coburn-Griffis. The illustration is by Isaac Schumacher.)

Chapter eight:
December 23, 1863
Happy Christmas, brother. It seems impossible to believe that another Christmas will pass and I will not see my family, my friends, my home. My heart aches at the thought, but there is nothing for it.
It is cold here in these southern hills, and colder still higher up. We range across the country, moving from battlefield to battlefield. The battles are fearsome and the skirmishes, the unplanned meetings of small contingents, even more so. We kill as we find it necessary, but do what we can to encourage surrender. That does not happen nearly as often as I would like. Even so, it does happen and seemingly more so as we approach this blessed season.
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