Christmas At The White House

On Christmas Day 1864, Tad Lincoln, the President’s young son, embraced the spirit of the holidays, inviting several cold and hungry newsboys he had met into the White House for Christmas dinner. 

Although the unexpected guests were a surprise to the White House cook, the president welcomed them and allowed them to stay for dinner. Thomas Pendel, a bodyguard and doorkeeper appointed during the Lincoln administration, recalled in an interview: “’We didn’t have many doings in those days’ says Mr. Pendel, ‘there were too many grave things to think about… Mrs. Lincoln used to buy a great many presents for Tad, but he could amuse himself with the ‘bucktails’ better than with playthings.’”– (Company K of the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers known as the “Bucktails” for the deer tails they wore on their hats ) 

 - See more at: http://blog.whitehousehistory.org/history/president-lincoln-christmas-gift-1864/#sthash.kXRXsdkC.dpuf

I just started reading that new Seward biography from the library.

So, Seward was like, five, and in school when a solar eclipse came and he thought the world was ending and he ran all the way home crying. Awww…

And he ran away to Georgia for awhile before he came back to finish college.


He was a Bucktail.

New York had a political party called the Bucktails, and Seward was part of it.

How much more awesome can this guy get? *devours book eagerly*