Sardine Can - GETT 27218
Introduction Living in Camp Existing Day to Day Battling Boredom All Image Gallery
Basic human needs have changed little over the years. Food, clothing and shelter have always been a primary concern of soldiers living in the field.

Daily Routine
From reveille to taps, soldiers endured the daily round of roll calls, meals, drills, inspections, and fatigue duties.
Throughout this tedious and seemingly endless routine, it was often the personal necessities sent or brought from home, or purchased from sutlers [licensed provisioners to the army] that made camp life tolerable. Many items were used for personal hygiene, grooming, and keeping uniforms in repair. These objects give us a personal and tangible connection to Civil War soldiers.

Clothing and Equipment
Confederate and Union soldiers added other clothing and equipment to their military issue .
To make their life more tolerable, they brought various personal items to camp or were given them by family and friends. Few soldiers owned all the items in this exhibit, although most had at least some of them at any given time.

Soliders of both Armies often wore civilian-style underwear that they provided themselves. Officers and wealthy individuals usually wore linen undergarments purchased from commercial houses. Junior officers and enlisted men usually wore military issued cotton and wool garments.

Toothbrush Lice Comb Mirror GETT 29092 Tin Cup - GETT 29092 Belt - GETT 9089 Shaving Brush, Shaving Cup, Soap Dish, Razor
Knife, Fork, Spoon - GETT 26902 Underwear - GETT 28256A, GETT 28256B, GETT 28257 Zouave Officer’s Forage Cap - GETT 5382 Company Roster - GETT 5646
Soldier's Bible - GETT 9018 Percussion Musket - GETT 20184 Lanyard - GETT 38815 Hat -  GETT 43093
Serving Platter - GETT 9771 Serving Platter - GETT 9771
Sewing Kit - GETT31096
Uniform - GETT 29076

Personal effects grew in number during long encampments. These were reduced to a minimum during long marches and battles. Items were boxed and stored in military bases or shipped to quartermaster storehouses and held until the campaigning season was over. Because of limited supplies, soldiers had to be resourceful. A leftover sardine tin might be fashioned into a corn shredder. The tin cup was military issue.

Haversack - GETT 143
Sketch - GETT 29176