Christmas 1862: Santa Claus Becomes Popular

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Christmas 1862: Santa Claus Becomes Popular

Video Segment |07:31

Gen. Robert E. Lee took control of the Confederate Army in Virginia in June 1862. The Union Army had every advantage, but the Confederates pushed them back again and again. The Union Army was crushed just 12 days before Christmas in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Santa Claus, drawn by artist Thomas Nast, became a popular Christmas icon during this terrible Christmas season. In Winchester, Virginia, soldiers attempted to steal Cornelia McDonald's turkey, while in Mississippi slave Louis Hughes tried to escape.

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