Civil war soldier's carried about 40 pounds while on the march. Canteen for water, haversack for food and knapsack for sleeping/personal items. Cap box, cartridge box, bayonet and musket or rifle were all for fighting.
Hardtack was a mixture of flour, water and sometimes salt which would be baked until it was hard as a rock for preservation purposes. Soldier's would have to soak it in water or grease in order to soften it before it was able to be eaten. A special delicacy known as skillygalee was salt pork grease with ground up hardtack in a sort of paste form. While hardtack would fill up a soldier's belly as it expanded in the stomach, it held little to no nutritional value for soldier's on the march.
Faces of the Civil War In remembrance of the Union and Confederate soldiers who served in the American Civil War, the Liljenquist Family donated their rare collection of over 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs to the Library of Congress. Most of the people and photographers are unidentified. If you recognize a face from your family, a regiment, or a photographer's painted studio backdrop, e-mail the Library of Congress at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black soldiers fighting a war in Vietnam for others to obtain freedom. Ironic because it was concurrent with the Civil Rights movement in which others fighting to obtain basic human and civil rights for African Americans in the U.S. "Land o f the Free" www.artistdds.com
The women who fought as men: Rare Civil War pictures of female soldiers who dressed up as males to fight
The women who fought as men: Rare American Civil War pictures show how females disguised themselves so they could go into battle Some enlisted alongside their husbands as they couldn't bear to be apart They often served with distinction fighting in dozens of battles One even chose to remain a man once the war had ended