Confederate Soldier Life
The Start of the War
At the start of the war many young men rushed to join the Confederacy. The majority of these young men were eager to serve their new government, and saw the chance to fight in the war as a soldier as a great honor. They saw this as an opportunity for adventure and to prove their dedication for the Southern cause. The people treated them well, asking them for small favors along the way, such as delivering a flag to a certain place, etc., and even cheered them on as they marched through the towns.
Midway through the war things started to go downhill. Living soldiers had to eat among the dead, and were able to see the ghastly wounds upon the bodies; in addition to these horrendous conditions, there weren't enough supplies for the soldiers, so there were times the men had to go hungry or were cold due to a lack of blankets. Those who were injured were the worst off; there were no sanitary places to treat open wounds, and so all kinds of bacteria and diseases were able to run rampant. Several of those that were wounded but who survived the battlefield fell to gangrene, a deadly disease that eats away the flesh. Moral began to run low as soldiers watched their fellows, comrades, and friends die right before their eyes, never knowing if they would be next.
At the End
Several soldiers were dead on both sides, with wounded and dying all about them. Gangrene was not as common as it had been, for surgeons were able to get their hands on a new medication. Amputees who would have otherwise died now lived on, though there was still sickness in the camps. Demoralized troops pushed on with all they had, for they were unwilling to disgrace themselves, their families, and their country. They gave every battle their all.