Did Civil War soldiers write letters in two directions making a grid pattern on the paper when paper was scarce?
Answer This is very possible. I've seen some where the respondant wrote directly under what the soldier wrote. The neat part was that if you folded one way… it had the soldiers address, you fold it another it had the other persons address. The way it looked was like this. Do a normal tri-fold that would be business envelope size. Now fold the left and right in to make a 1/3rd fold. The back of the left fold had the soldiers name, the back of the right had his spouses name. Found that rather clever. It also allowed for both parties to know which letters have made it since many times multiple letters were sent at the same time. (MORE)