Union Soldier Life

The Life of a Soldier

Union Soldiers at a camp

Union soldiers cooking dinner in camp (Library of Congress). We grab our plates and cups, and wait for no second invitation.


Food-Civil War soldiers were issued rations of food, the amount of which reflected the availability of supplies.

Health-In addition to the risks of the battlefield, soldiers in the Civil War consistently faced the dangers of disease. More troops died of diarrhea and dysentery than were killed in battle.

Uniform-They often wore belts with a cartridge box, cap box, bayonet and scabbard, rations,a canteen, and a blanket roll or nap-sack.

Weapons-Union soldiers had better arms, and were equipped with newer rifle muskets.

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