Kevin Rawlings has been a Civil War living historian for three decades with a first person impression that is truly unique. He has been a Confederate infantryman, Union artillerist, wet plate photographer's assistant and living historian. Besides the Thomas Nast Patriotic Civil War Santa Claus, poet and Civil War nurse Walt Whitman is among the characters he portrays during the year. He is a regular attraction at many historical sites up and down the east coast and lectures frequently on Christmas during the Civil War at historical societies and Civil War Roundtables. Hard Cover.