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Everyday life during the Civil War
Varhola, Michael O., 1966-
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Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
274 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 234-242) and index.
Format :


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E468.9 .V37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
E468.9 .V37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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From soldiers and statesmen to farmers and firing lines, Everyday Life During the Civil War offers an exploration of this era.

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Booklist Review

This intended basic reference on daily life during the Civil War may be a little too basic for many a potential writer, given the volume and accessibility of Civil War material, and it commits at least one potentially misleading error by treating North and South as rather monolithic entities. On the other hand, it provides introductory coverage of a good many matters sometimes overlooked elsewhere, such as regional accents within both North and South, etiquette, and what technology was available for everyday living (e.g., gas lighting was strictly postwar). And it features a comprehensive bibliography, likely to cover familiar territory for many but invaluable for those who need to do further study. Perhaps the book will prove most useful in preventing the egregious errors that are prevalent enough in historical fiction, and in opening research avenues for serious students of the war. --Roland Green

Table of Contents

R. Lee Hadden
Forewardp. 1
Introductionp. 3
1 North and South: One Nation, Two Peoplesp. 5
The Northp. 6
The Southp. 7
Union and Confederate Statesp. 8
United States Territoriesp. 30
Termsp. 33
2 Wages, Currency, Clothing and Dry Goodsp. 36
Wagesp. 36
Currencyp. 40
Clothing and Other Dry Goodsp. 45
Shortages and Substitutionsp. 53
Costs of Goods and Servicesp. 56
Termsp. 59
3 Life in City, Town and Countryp. 62
Where People Lived in the Northp. 62
Where People Lived in the Southp. 63
Country Lifep. 63
City Lifep. 66
Architectural Stylesp. 73
Costs of Homes and Housingp. 76
Termsp. 78
4 Food and Dietp. 79
Food in The Northp. 79
Food in the Southp. 80
Civilian Dietp. 80
Shortages and Inflationp. 86
Military Dietp. 89
Recipesp. 92
Termsp. 94
5 Fun and Games: How People Entertained Themselvesp. 96
Entertainment in the Northp. 96
Entertainment in the Southp. 97
Gamesp. 97
Musicp. 98
Readingp. 98
Sportsp. 100
Theaterp. 100
Circuses and Carnivalsp. 104
Tobacco and Other Vicesp. 107
Termsp. 110
6 The Civil War Viewed From the Home Frontp. 112
The Northern Viewp. 113
The Southern Viewp. 115
Who Fought?p. 117
Slaveryp. 121
Filling the Ranksp. 122
Reconstructionp. 124
Termsp. 125
7 Brothers At War: Billy Yank, Johnny Rebp. 128
The Armed Servicesp. 129
The Armyp. 129
The Nayp. 139
The Marinesp. 141
The Revenue Cutter Servicep. 143
Termsp. 144
8 Slang and Idiomp. 150
A Nation of Many Tonguesp. 151
Language in the Northp. 152
Language in the Southp. 153
Ethnic Influencesp. 154
A War of Many Namesp. 156
The Written Wordp. 157
Termsp. 157
9 Technologyp. 166
Technology in the Northp. 167
Technology in the Southp. 167
Military Technologyp. 168
Medical Technologyp. 171
Farm Technologyp. 175
Rail Transportp. 175
Communicationsp. 177
Termsp. 182
10 Arms, Equipment and Uniformsp. 185
Nomenclaturesp. 185
Small Armsp. 185
Melee Weaponsp. 189
Heavy Weapons and Ammunitionp. 189
Infantry Weapons and Equipmentp. 191
Cavalry Weapons and Equipmentp. 192
Artillery Weapons and Equipmentp. 192
Navy Weapons and Equipmentp. 194
Marine Corps Weapons and Equipmentp. 195
Revenue Cutter Service Weapons and Equipmentp. 195
Other Itemsp. 196
Uniformsp. 197
Rank and Insigniap. 200
Flagsp. 205
Lootingp. 207
Termsp. 208
Appendix I Civil War Time Linep. 215
Appendix II Recommended Books/Bibliographyp. 234
A Note on Sourcesp. 235
Part 1 General Sourcesp. 235
Part 2 Specialized Sourcesp. 236
Part 3 Other Sourcesp. 238
Part 4 Novels and Literaturep. 239
Part 5 Television and Filmp. 241
Appendix III Resourcesp. 243
Booksp. 243
Periodicalsp. 244
Web Resourcesp. 244
Mapsp. 246
Heirloom Seedsp. 246
Historical Sitesp. 247
Appendix IV Songs and Poetryp. 254
Song Lyricsp. 255
Indexp. 261