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Religious Aspects of the American Civil War

Selected resources at Harvard Divinity School Library

Thanksgiving Sermons

Thanksgiving was made a national holiday by proclamation of Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Before 1863, however, many local and national leaders proclaimed similar holidays. These sermons reveal the interesting intersection of Christian reflection on what is a secular or civic holiday.

Arranged by date.

November 1860

November 1861

Note: November 21, 1861, was the official date in Maine and Massachusetts for Thanksgiving Day; in most other states, the date was November 28th. Local practice actually varied.

April 1862

November-December 1862

August 1863

November 1863

November 1864

December 1865

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