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Christmas — the Rogue's March Superseded by Yankee Doodle. Camp of 12th Mississippi Regiment, Christmas Day, 1861. A happy Christmas, from a quiet line of the army, I cordially send you, Gen. McClellan has no idea of taking Christmas cheer, down on this little old stream called Bull Run. We are all sorry for that; while, with creamy bowl of egg-nogg, we soldiers drink permanency to the young Confederacy, and good health to our glorious President. The only new thing of note, is a custom just adopted in the army. When a worthless soldier is "drummed out," it is done to the tune of Yankee-Doodle, instead of the Rogue's March, as was the custom. The new custom arose from the fact, that more rogues march any day, now-a-days, to the tune of Yankee-Doodle, than have marched in all time, to the Rogue's March. The custom arose from a suggestion of Col. Harry Haze, of the 7th Louisiana regiment, and does that gentleman credit as an observer of events. Yours, Claiborne