By Susan Provost Beller
Describes army lifestyles for the typical soldier within the Civil battle, together with camp lifestyles, ailments, and stipulations for the wounded and prisoners of conflict. contains excerpts from first-person bills, letters, and diaries.
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After two months on the peninsula, McClellan's army began to retreat to its starting point. This would be no rout as at Manassas, but rather a disciplined retreat under fire. It is the horror of this retreat that stayed in the minds of the participants. . . . . "5 Page 42 Two days after the battle that became known as Bloody Lane, the sunken road was still littered with Johnny Reb dead. The campaigns of 1862 continued with the Johnny Rebs earning most of the honors. The year would end with two of the most horrific battles in American history.
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Only after this process of toughening up were the survivors trained to fight. After having survived the early exposure to measles, the recruits moved on to the more common problems of camp life, those identified by Dr. Bartholow. Dysentery, what we usually call diarrhea, was an almost constant companion of the soldiers. No one knew why some regiments were healthier than others, and doctors explored all sorts of theories trying to determine how to prevent dysentery. One doctor even recommended that drinking the blood of a freshly killed animal would prevent diarrhea.