Friday, January 7, 2011

Everyday Life During the Civil War

This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. Numerous celebrations are being planned around the nation to commemorate the 150th year anniversary of this four-year war. I hope that bloggers and genealogists with ancestors who lived during the Civil War are using this anniversary as a time to learn more about that time period as well as to commemorate their ancestors.

One helpful book that can be used to learn more about Civil War era customs and daily life is entitled “Everyday Life During the Civil War, A Guide for Writers, Students, and Historians” by Michael J. Varhola, ISBN #1582973377. I’ve had this book in my personal library for several years. This book includes information on the following topics during the Civil War.

  • Wages
  • Currency
  • Clothing
  • Dry Goods
  • Life in City, Town, and Country
  • Food and Diet
  • Fun, Games, and Entertainment
  • Slang and Idioms
  • Technology
  • Arms, Equipment and Uniforms
  • Civil War Time Line
  • The Branches of the Armed Services During Civil War
  • The View From the Homefront – Northern, Southern, Slavery, etc.

You can also take a peek inside this book on a website such as

Note: I learned yesterday that a new edition of this book will be available next month. Click here to preview.

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