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Like soldiers of all wars, games of chance and the exchange of money were popular in both armies. A successful gambler could send money home to help in the hard times shared by many.

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Soldiers could pass several hours away playing games with friends. Many games from the Civil War era are still popular today. Soldiers played board games including checkers or draughts, chess, dominoes, and cards, and other games of chance

Although many officers forbade gambling in their regiments, the practice couldn't be stopped. It wasn't unusual for some soldiers to lose a month's pay on unlucky wagers.

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