Tales at the Holidays: Letters from the Civil War

This two-person play uses song, dancing and puppetry to tell the intriguing story of brave mail couriers during the Civil War.

This new holiday performance focuses on a conversation between one of Santa’s elves and a postal service staffer. The two characters interact at a post office where undeliverable letters went during the Civil War.

Woven into their discussion are readings of three letters from Civil War soldiers. Union soldiers wrote two of the letters while Confederates wrote three.

During the Civil War, soldiers on both sides yearned for letters from home, especially during the holidays.

A soldier wrote in 1861 that getting a letter from home was more important to him than "getting a gold watch.” Many regiments sent out an average of 600 letters per day. The mail couriers became a courageous band of messengers heralding news to and from the battlefields.

Join us Saturdays in December for these special performances.

Read more about this play on our blog.

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Letters Home: Holidays and the Civil War

the accomanying temporary exhibit, Letters Home: Holidays and the Civil War. This display of artifacts highlights the communications between soldiers and their families during the American Civil War, and explores their hopes, fears, and daily activities.     Learn More >>

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Tales at the Holidays: Letters from the Civil War