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Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas in the Camp- 1863

From General Lee's army.
[Special Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]

Army of Northern Virginia., December 26th, 1863.

Christmas has passed away marked by few events of interest in the lines of this army. On Christmas eve at night a party of soldiers, about one hundred in number, entered Orange C. H. and made a descent upon the sutlers' tents, destroying and carrying off everything valuable contained in those situated near the depot, including, it is said, some $20,000 in Confederate money, $500 in gold, and some eight or ten gold and sliver watches.--The guard captured some five or six of those thus engaged, and they will be held for trial before a Court-Martial.

Divine service was held Christmas day at Orange C. H., Rev. P. Slaughter officiating. After preaching, the solemn and impressive sacrament of the Lord's Supper was administered to a large and attentive congregation, among whom was no less a personage than the Commander-in-Chief of this army.

-The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Va.) December 29, 1863.

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