Tenting Tonight: The Soldier's Life (Civil War)

Tenting Tonight: The Soldier's Life (Civil War)

James I. Robertson

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 0809447363

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Beautifully bound and illustrated volume on the Civil War featuring The Soldier's Life, Tenting Tonight.

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Oranges, Lemons, &c. ever saw at any place." I Illinois soldier told his there fitin nil pric^., soldiers are a hard set," "They have every do wrong and if a man has soldier. A Wretched not firmness enough he will soon be as bad will A Vermonter lamented that "I be a perfect Barbarian if I Should Stay hear 3 years." ed that armies so depraved could succeed in & "One unceasing tide of blasphemy wickedness, coarseness and obscenity," To God soldiers? will bless a I it

Hanson of 2nd Kentucky made a practice of visiting his guardhouse every day to deliver lectures reminding prisoners of their the Confederate transgressions. Another common penalty was known bucking and gagging. Gagged with as a stick shaved and his buttons and insignia torn tied in his from the ground, his hands tied together in front uniform before the entire regiment. He was then marched between the silent, somber ranks of his former comrades and out of camp. Punishment for

men invari- — and often the they were soaked — ably prepared their meat bread and beans, after by frying it in great gobs of grease. The gestive ailments that resulted from di- this prac- were innumerable, and one physician campaigned vigorously, but with little suc- tice cess, to spare his men "death from the frying pan" by persuading them to broil their meat. life inhabiting the cracker. "All the fresh meat we had come dier wrote in the home, "and hard bread," I, a sol-

according to the chronicler, he was exchanged for a Confederate soldier at Belle Isle. named Jack (left), whose subsequent career spanned nearly all the Rejoining his unit, Jack went south under General Grant through the bloody campaigns of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania and the siege of Petersburg. regiment's battles in Virginia and Mary- Alas, he did not witness the final victory was said that he understood bugle calls and obeyed only the men of his regiment, and that after a battle he

85-86 Copp, Elbridge, 52, 159 Alabama attitude toward, 32-33 Chattanooga, Tennessee, 71 Courts-martial, 153 Cherokee troops, 31 Chess games, 61 Cox's Landing, Virginia, 35; troops, 56, 113; 10th Infantry Regiment, 62 Alcoholic beverages, consumption of, 13, pav 35; in service, 33, rates, 33; prisoners of war, 111; in Blemill, Chaplain, 152 Blunt, James G., 33 58-60 Alcott, Louisa May, 94, 98 Alexandria, Virginia: hospitals in, 108-109; Chicago, Boston, Massachusetts,

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