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Life at War (Civil War)
Transcript of Life at War (Civil War)
They were old and young, but mostly young… Road Networks
Importance of the Area
Example: The area between Richmond, VA and Washington, DC
Topography or Lay of the Land
Reliable Intelligence Six Reasons Why Battles
Happened in Certain Places Where Battles Happen For those who survived, memories of the war were a part of their everyday life. Memories of the War Life and Death Disease and Hygiene
Everyone and everything smelled during the Civil War.
Diarrhea was the greatest killer during the Civil War.
Of the more than 620,000 soldiers who died in the war, more than 400,000 died of sickness and disease. Life and Death Soldiers received news from multiple sources. Rumors were rampant and often magnified as soldiers wrote those rumors home. Newspapers were a great trade item, being passed across enemies picket lines and traded back and forth. Soldiers were always eager for news North or South. How they Communicated Salt pork, bacon, or beef
Soft bread, flour, cornmeal, or hardtack
Beans or peas
Rice or hominy
Molasses What They Ate What They Carried Why They Fought / Where They Slept Why They Fought The Average Soldier The Average Soldier The Average Soldier About 2.75 million soldiers fought in the Civil War.
More than 620,000 men died in the war, with disease killing twice as many as those lost in battle. Life and Death "You have given your boys to die for their country. Now you can give your girls to nurse them.”
-Nurse Mary Stinebaugh Life and Death Life and Death Weapons technology – The rifled musket killed more soldiers than anything else, except disease. It’s effects also created wounds that were difficult to treat “first thing in the morning is drill, then drill, then drill again. Then drill, drill, a little more drill. Then drill and lastly drill. Between drills, we drill….”
– Union Soldier When They Weren’t Fighting Life and Death