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 Posted: Fri Feb 15th, 2008 03:42 pm
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You have that pretty much right, Dixie Girl, but on the matter of "enjoying" if that word would be fitting...I have read accounts especially by generals who had it better than lowly foot soldiers did, about the evenings when encamped. Sherman wrote about how he enjoyed the smell of the campfires, for example. 

Others wrote about soldiers singing and the bands would play. Some soldiers or junior officers would serenade their commanders. Soldiers would play cards or other games (if their religion allowed it.)

It does seem that in the midst of so much carnage, horror, dread together with longing for home and family, the men were able to find moments of peace and tranquility if ever so brief.

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