Thanksgiving Timeline, 1541 - 2001

November 28, 1861

Union and Confederate troops celebrated Thanksgiving Day away from their families during the first year of the Civil War. The conflict threatened to permanently divide the nation. Both the Union and Confederate Congresses called for days of thanksgiving after key military victories throughout the war.



Thanksgiving in Camp, Sketched Thursday 28, 1861.
Prints and Photographs Division,
The Library of Congress.
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