2013 Project 365

Project 365/184 – Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Reenactment – Camp Life

Life at a Civil War Camp was difficult. With meager supplies and harsh conditions, the soldiers prevailed in hardship. To read a personal historical account of a soldier in camp. please visit this website.



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  1. The enlisted men had it rough, they had to carry everything themselves, and many chose to discard everything but the bare necessities to save weight while marching endless miles. The ranking officers had it better, some even brought their wives and families with them. At least that’s what I’ve read. It’s hard to reenact marching 15 miles in the rain, only to set up camp in the mud someplace, sounds like some of my camping adventures. 😉

    • You’re absolutely right Jerry. There was a wide range of tent accommodations the depended on the rank of the person. I had the opportunity to speak with an enlisted man and will post a photo today with his small ‘shelter.’ It was amazing hardship that these men went through. Many of the enlisted Confederates marched without shoes. Hard to imagine.
      Makes us look like softies. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

    • That is so wonderful. Your grandmother knows how to appreciate the treasures in life. As Americans, things are too easily acquired these days and are taken for granted. Thanks for a wonderful comment.

  2. Thank you, Emily – wonderful photos!
    “Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address

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