camp life

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  1. Gettmore

    Camp Life Pt. 1

  2. JPK Huson 1863

    " A Woman's Ingenuity Is Hard To Circumvent ", Or, The Women Who Wouldn't Go Away

    I think this is one of Waud's, another eyewitness ' account ' of the wives who followed their husbands to war. No lodgings in a nearby town or room in a general's HQ, canvas was Home Sweet War. I'm loving the wooden barrel made into a chair. Canvas or casemate, a favorite from Fortress Monroe...
  3. LoyaltyOfDogs

    Ami's SOA Dogs In Camp, Or Can You Spot The Dog?

    Some of the dogs who accompanied soldiers in the Civil War are well-remembered today, thanks, in part, to their portraits. Dog Jack of the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteers, who was the subject of several CDVs, for instance, or General Rufus Ingalls’s handsome Dalmatian, who appears in a series of...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    Soldiers, Turkeys And Pig Heads From Home, Thanksgiving Goes To War

    Sans linen, silver and Grandmother Alice, a Thanksgiving table in camp still brought the dog looking for scraps. And a family sharing the meal is a family sharing a meal, with Thanks. It's seriously wonderful how many articles you can find about Thanksgiving in camps from 1861 through 1864. We...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Electing History, Voting Day 1864

    Harper's and Leslie's did wonderful spreads on the 1864 election, giving us an historic bird's eye view. The soldiers' vote was a huge topic- underlined by illustrations like this of a wounded vet helped to the polls by a vet from the war of 1812. Remember Dad telling us Voting Day when he was...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    " The Army Has The Strangest Pets... ", Dogs, Squirrels And An Owl Named Minerva

    Our fuzzy buddies have been following armies to war for an awfully long time. I can't source this but you just know armor clad warriors heading for Bosworth Field trailed panting companions. They hung around, the ACW a little warmed by their presence. With thanks to @LoyaltyOfDogs , MotM ...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    Eye Witnesses Send Home War; Camp Life 1861-1865

    Love this image, a Mississippi regiment in camp, early in the war. Recreation? Knife throwing, looks like a good card game is in progress too. Over in a Union camp, ' tenpins ',a kinda bowling game, really. Journalist writes uneven, rocky or muddy ground made the game impossible played as it...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    A Time Out In Camp, Captain Emory Marries His Massachusetts Angel

    War time couples did not have a chance at this, bridesmaids, suited gents and families bearing witness. Some took the chance at happiness anyway, a huge gamble in a war with a steadily increasing casualty list. From reading accounts, ' wedding in camp ' stories were on the rise. What's cool...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Picnics, An Enduring Slice Of National Pie

    From Leslie's description of a camp celebration to which soldiers' brought skills refined through generations of picnic-going. Pig chasing, pie-eating, sack racing, be a glutton for a day American picnics. Here we were, a July 4th picnic probably just barely pre-war. Centerpiece of a picnic...
  10. Taylin

    The Civil War Sketches of Adolph Metzner - 32nd Indiana

    Sharing from the Battlefield Trust's Facebook, some of them of are graphic. I've seen a few other illustrations of Metzner's on here, some of which aren't in this link. He's got a nice style, can be a bit cartoony but I like it. Enjoy -...
  11. O' Be Joyful

    History Notes on Commissary Cooking and Equipment: 1861-65

    While searching for more information on a particular item in a different thread I by chance stumbled upon this article and felt that it would be of interest here in the Food Forum. I did a search and could find no previous references to it. It not only contains some very good information about...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    Valentine's Day, The War And Cupid's Deferment

    " No Blessing has the fairest life, Unless your heart can share it: But bitterest we, were I your wife, O! joyfully I'd bear it. " A card to a soldier, no word how it went. We are unsure what it means except for the words " Were I your wife ". You just know the recipient, away at war, heard...
  13. AUG

    Music Played in Camp

    When the brass bands weren't playing, soldiers sitting around the campfire took out what instruments they had--banjos, fiddles, guitars, harmonicas, bones, etc.--and played and/or sung their own music. Well-known patriotic tunes such as "Bonnie Blue Flag" or "Battle Cry of Freedom" were indeed...
  14. JPK Huson 1863

    Children In Camp, Nursery Walls Of Canvas

    Camp Stoneman, a small group watching the band resolved itself into a woman and baby- and husband and son Promise not to become too wordy but need a few! Have camped with small children, like an idiot. Only the very young achieve it with babies, no electricity, flashlights a plus, standing to...
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