In the Civil War, food was quite unappetizing. Many ate beans, bacon, pickled beef, compressed dry vegetables, hard biscuits, coffee, and a cake that would create a thin soup. There was not many options, especially tasty ones.
Camp life was difficult, there were many strains. Having hard fare, and lots of physical discomfort. There was a severe amount of physical exercise, and even though the environment had bad influences on the mind and character, people managing the camps for the soldiers tried to make it as uplifting as possible, by banning sad music like "Home Sweet Home" so peoples spirits won't sink. Camps also had libraries, post offices, churches, and newspapers established. 1 in 13 would die from disease, 1 in 10 from being wounded.
Prisoners of War Camps
Battles during the Civil War were usually very short bloody encounters. The battles would last days, and these battles were usually fought in forested areas. There was a high volume of desertion rates, many people were scared and fearful.
African American Soldiers in the Civil War
Medicine during the Civil War was brutal, as being unprepared for the high casualties encountered there was a high lack of medicine and care. Disease would cause more deaths than deaths from being wounded during battle. And, if you wanted to have surgery, the patient would have to be awake, and you would feel everything. Many died from the shock received during the surgery or committed suicide because many wanted to avoid the agony of having surgery.
There were many prisoners in war camps, 50,000 people died in these camps. There was appalling conditions at these war camps, and prisoners were given nothing as of fear that they would create weapons. People buried themselves underground to avoid the sun, camps smelled horrific. Lots of people died without any clothes, many people laying in their own feces. Camps were overcrowded, dirty, infested, and disease ridden.
African American soldiers in the Civil War were treated differently, black soldiers were payed $3 less than white soldiers. Not until 1865 were black soldiers able to be promoted in the military. People didn't even trust black soldiers with weapons either. Over a quarter of a million African American soldiers worked in the military serving 400 battles.
Where are our guns? How can we fight!?
Why are we payed less for the same work and effort?