Civil war soldiers read a lot. They read the newspaper, bibles, books, and letters. This is a beat up old bible. I think a lot of soldiers read books that looked like this. They were much smaller and more portable though.
There were a lot of germs and sickness in the soldiers and their camps. Their camps were filthy and the food and water was not fresh. It was not clean at all. Here is a picture of a tent with sick and wounded soldiers getting treatment. Some were more severe then others.
Another sport they played was horseshoes. It was very easy to set up. Since they had horses and extra horseshoes they used troughs and stabbed tent metal sticks down as the poles. Here is a picture of the game horseshoes.
Civil war soldiers wrote letters too. They were to their family and close friends. Sometimes that's how families knew that they died when they stopped getting letters. They wrote about everything. It was also a good way to pass time and the best way to communicate.
|this is a letter from a soilder|
|cards was another fun game that they did that passed time|
This is a group of men having a meeting to strategies war plans