|Soldiers on both
sides had very similar lives. A day would start out with reveille at about 4:30 in the
morning. If you were on campaign you would be on the march by 5:00! Marching was grueling!
|If you were
encamped you would go to roll call then eat breakfast with your mess mates. Men were
divided into mess mates, and usually there were four men grouped into mess mates. These
mess mates had 2 tents and shared a winter hut together.
|During the day you
either marched or drilled. Drilling was hot in the summer and very uncomfterable. Marching
wasn'tt much better. At night, soldiers sometimes played cards or read, (many times
they were read to.) Both sides had a good postal system and many men wrote home. Most men
didnt see their families till the end of the war. (If you made it to the end of the
war!) In the winter sometimes men started a snowball fight. Some snowball fights involved
hundreds of men! Most of a soldiers life though, was pure boardroom.