Life During the Civil War; by David A Norris; Published in 2010 by Moorshead Magazines Ltd.; PDF (download only) edition; 95 pp; 8.5x11; PDF downloadable eBook, Downloads are available immediately upon placing order; ISBN: 9780978159252; Item # MM001-PDF
This book is also available in printed format.
- Life in the Civil War Armies
- Hospitals & Medicine
- Letters Home
- Music of the Civil War
- Rations & Cooking
- Civil War Humor
- News from the Front
- ...And Much More!
The publication starts right off with a 3-page dictionary of Civil War terminology. Did you know that hardtack crackers were often called worm castles? Further on, Norris points out that the hotel business boomed during the war years. My great-grandfather ran a hotel throughout the war, and did well. However, I'd never made the connection with the war effort before. The chapter on music I found especially interesting. Among other things, it's noted that "Dixie" was written by Yankee abolitionist Daniel Decatur Emmett. The mail was a big deal to both the soldiers and their loved-ones at home. This was the case for both Northern and Southern families. However, keep in mind that when the Confederacy split from the Union, it had dramatic repercussions on the U.S. postal system. I found the entire booklet to be interesting - front to back.
The following is from the table of contents.
- Opening Notes - Notes From the Publisher, About the Author
- From Abatis To Zouaves: A Civil War Dictionary - What were some of the popular sayings, slang, jargon and military terms in the 1860s?
- Tale Of Two Capitals: Richmond And Washington - The war brought great changes to the lives of residents of Richmond and Washington
- Home Away From Home: Hotels Of The Civil War - From four-star resorts to small town hostelries, hotel business boomed during the war
- Soundtrack To A Conflict: Music Of The Civil War - Music, whether popular songs or military tunes, was as much a part of life then as it is now
- Starvation Parties And Confederate Candles? - Southerners found unusual substitutes for scarce staples, like wheat, pins, shoe polish and coffee
- Slumgullion, Salt Horse And Hell-Fired Stew! - What did soldiers, and their families at home, eat during the war years?
- Relief From Reality: Civil War Humor - Popular humorists and jokes helped lighten hearts on both sides of the battle
- Shinplasters And Greenbacks: Money During The Civil War - Banks, businesses, states, the Union and Confederacy all issued their own, incompatible, money
- Zouaves: New York Firemen And Louisiana Tigers - Instead of the familiar blue and gray, some regiments donned bright colors and turbans
- Man’s Best Friends: Pets In The Army - From the exotic to the common, animals were kept as companions and mascots
- Johnnie Reb And Billy Yank: Life In The Armies - Fresh recruits and veterans of past conflicts faced new, and familiar, challenges in the Civil War
- Fighting For Freedom: The US Colored Troops - African-American troops played a vital role in the Civil War
- Sutler Shops: Convenience Stores For Soldiers - Where did soldiers get ink, ginger snaps or Valentine cards?
- Life On Soap Suds Row: Army Laundresses - Laundry was a grueling, but essential, duty in army camps
- Taking The Cars: Rail Travel During The Civil War - Though far from luxurious, or safe, trains became vital to the war effort and civilian life
- What The Doctor Ordered: Hospitals And Medicine - Hospitals were understaffed, undersupplied and relied on dangerous cures and treatments
- Common Civil War Medicines - Hospitals stocked standard treatments of the day, including mercury, opium and brandy
- Fundraising Fairs: The US Sanitary Commission - Volunteer groups raised millions of dollars to improve military hospital and camp conditions
- Picturing The Civil War: War Artists - Before modern photography and TV, how did people get a glimpse of the battles?
- From The Frontlines To The HomeFront: Newspapers - Despite shortages of labor and ink, papers fed the public appetite for news and entertainment
- Telegrams: At The Speed Of Lightning - The telegraph became an indispensible part of military and commercial communication during the war
- Worth A Thousand Words: Photography In The Civil War - Despite technological limitations, photography boomed during the Civil War
- “I Hain’t Got Any Stamps”: Confederate And Union Mail - Two postal systems kept soldiers and families in contact across shifting battlelines
- The Civil War Navies: Cottonclads And Blockades - Whether they patrolled rivers or the South Pacific, a sailor’s life was far different than a soldier’s
- The New Naval Warfare: Life On Ironclads - Heavily armored ironclads offered unique advantages, and dangers, to their crews
- Missed It By That Much...! - From aseptic surgery to moon landings, the years after the Civil War were full of amazing changes
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