Civil War-era Santa

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Check out the NPS photo below of the portrayal of Santa Claus during the Civil War.

Park volunteer Kevin Rawlings plays an 1862 version of Santa during his recent annual appearance at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. His costume was inspired by an old Harpers Weekly rendition of Kris Kringle by artist Thomas Nast.

Decked out in the stars and stripes, the old-time Santa appears to be a combination of St. Nick and Uncle Sam:


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