"Dec. 24. Very pleasant weather. The 14th went out to Centerville this morning for picket duty. They are going to have a [day] of rest tomorrow it being Christmas. Most of the boys are out of money and they will be obliged to pass the day on hard tack and salt pork, which will be rather dry, I think." ~ Diary of Oliver A. Browne, Co. K, 15th Regiment.
"On the 24th we are relieved by the fourteenth regiment, who arrive at our camp the middle of the afternoon." ~ Lt. Edwin Palmer, 13th Regiment, The Second Brigade: or, Camp Life, By a Volunteer (1864)
"As it is "Christmas Eve"" our tent concluded to have a time & so we did, playing cards &c, until 10 ½ P.M." ~ Diary of Horace Barlow, 56, Co. C, 12th Regiment