Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Civil War Weekend # 2


I asked one of the Confederate Soldiers if they spent the night and he said they spend the whole week end there and they do sleep in the tents.

 some of the tents were open and some were closed, there were bedrolls in all of them


I saw a slab of ham in the frying pan, and asked the soldier "where's the biscuits" his answer was
"we finished those off this morning". then he said " look at this fire and tell my why it is not truly authentic?"
I could not guess so he said "If this were the real Rebel army, that ham would have been long gone, food was scarce and no left overs"



Soldiers who fought in the war often did not get enough food, or no food at all. they ate peas and beans and hard  crackers and very little meat. It was difficult for the Confederates because of the blockades, both land and sea.  Sadly, they had depended on IMPORTS much like we are doing today. Stop the imports Stop the  army.


The two armies were the Union Army (2.1 Million) and the Confederate Army (900,00).

Approximately 300 women dressed as men and fault in the battles.  from Civil War Facts


Can you find the horses they rode in on in the above photo? (ha ha_


 These are the pans they used for cooking breakfast, and yes they did do the dishes in these tubs.


talk about a senseless war, this was it. 2 percent of the population died in the war, 620,000 dead.
 from Civil War Facts

to be continued.............

32 comments:

Ginny said...

Still loving this! And that ham looks pretty good to me! I love the way you have made the pictures look old and fancy, and the edges.

SquirrelQueen said...

Life in those days wasn't easy but during the war it was worse. It's hard to imagine all the walking, fighting and everything the soldiers did on empty stomachs.

I've cooked many meals over campfires in cast iron. Of course I got to my campsite riding the same kind of horses those guys did.

BlueShell said...

So many deaths....
hard times!
Kisses

Eva Ason said...

Good morning my friend, I'm early reading blogs, but arrived work a little earlier this morning.
I like your posts about the civil war, always interesting to see and hear how it was. can imagine the times were rough back then. Thank you for sharing this.
Have a lovely day!
Eva

Remington said...

Oh I am really liking these posts! I am learning so much and the pics are great! Thank you!

DawnTreader said...

For a senseless war, you Americans seem very fond of reenacting it! ;) Events like these do provide good photo opportunities though.

Catherine said...

I must admit, I've never really understood the reenacting of wars. But you are taking some cool photos Sandra! Good job!
xo Catherine

Pam said...

I love the way you presented your awesome shots of the reenactment, Sandra.
I would not fare well spending any time sleeping in those tents.

Ann said...

Your shots are fabulous. They look pretty authentic except the one with all the horses in the background :)

EG CameraGirl said...

I bet those folding chairs and tables are authentic too. :) Sleeping in the tent would be okay but living without a shower? NOT for me!

diane b said...

I think all wars a re senseless. You would think intelligent people could sort out their problems without resorting to violence.
I love the shot with the modern horses with wheels. Such a contrast.

Mamabug said...

Another great post Sandra!

Deborah said...

That is crazy sad. I always thought that, I could never understand that war.
Have a great day!
xxoo
Deborah

TexWisGirl said...

horses, yes. and lawnchairs - but at least they were wooden.

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Did to talk to any of the women-in-costume? One year here, we had a lady who was being a spy for one side or the other. ,-) Now that was an interesting occupation, too!!! No, she did NOT look like a Bond Girl!!!!!!! -grin-

And all those clothes! However did they clean them?

Btw, our yearly reenactors in our local park, are local to this area. I'm sure this is so popular a thing, that there are batches-and-loads of them, all over.

Which is wonderful. Seeing such, brings history more to life, than just old photos and writings...

"Reading takes us away from home,
but more important,
it finds homes for us everywhere."

~Hazel Rochman

Val said...

This is such a fun history lesson, I can hardly wait til tomorrow!!
I'm going to put a picture of my camera cape on my blog tomorrow. ;)

SweetMarie said...

My son went to a reenactment with his grandfather and enjoyed it very much! Another great post Sandra!

George said...

Thanks for sharing these views of the camp life of Civil War soldiers. Southerners were always proud of their horses -- I think your picture shows why.

Beth said...

This is so interesting. I love it! The pics are great! Thank you for sharing this with us!

Madi and Mom said...

Thank you again for such an informative post on the Civil War. I wonder just how much time the re-enactment takes to do each year? Thanks to folks like them who are dedicated to helping everyone Remember.

I had no idea that Beth was posting about spinning yarn today nor did she know about my post. Too funny, I guess this is 'two great minds working together'!!
Hugs Madi and Mom

Ginny said...

I just popped over today to take another look! Why do they have those bayonets all propped up like a tent? It is just to look really cool or is there some reason? I bet this is a question you would ask!

Lisa RedWillow said...

I just love what you have captured and done. Im in aww. Wow.
Great information. History really is something I love and thrive on also.

Lisa RedWillow said...

I just love what you have captured and done. Im in aww. Wow.
Great information. History really is something I love and thrive on also.

Betty Manousos said...

awwww, stunning shots! very beautifully captured! great composition, too.


thanks so much for the history lesson.

xo

Andrew said...

Your images look fantastic... I have to admit I only have time for a quick look at your post.. I will be back tomorrow for a proper look.
Hugs Drew xx

Snapper II said...

I did not know about the women dressing as men and actually fighting. I figured some went along and cooked and did various duties, but did not know that. Very interesting post.
Love, Madeline

Amy Burzese said...

Very interesting posts. I've been to a reinactment camp and it looked just like this one. I didn't get to see any of the reinactment though.

Kathy said...

I just recently finished reading John Jakes' trilogy (North and South, Love and War, Heaven and Hell) about the Civil War. Although nearly 3,000 pages long, it gives a lot of information about this conflict. I love your sepia photos.

Ann said...

even in the 70s, in Borneo, the soldiers guarding power plants didn't have much to eat. Their rations were can food and rice. They were happy to sell them to my uncle who was a technician. They prefered cash to buy fresh vegs and fruits.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I knew how hard the Civil War was on people --but until I started doing Family History and reading my ancestors talk about so many of the men dying and/or starving --it just makes the cry, even to this day...

Great pictures... Love those 'modern' horses!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

There were a lot of casualties in that war- that's for sure. Great post, Sandra!

Rose said...

I am enjoying these...missed these yesterday....I guess I was doing Barn Charm...plus we actually got out for a couple hours.