How did soldiers live in civil war?

How did soldiers live in the Civil War? Most of their time spent as soldiers was not fighting on the battlefield. About 80 to 90 percent of the time, they were either marching from one location to another, or idle in camp, when not marching. Some soldiers never got to partake in an actual battle.

Soldiers' lives were certainly not glamorous. They had to frequently cope with disease, hunger and even the threat of starvation, as the war progressed. Many had no shoes, so marching could be very difficult in certain areas, and even painful.

During the summer, especially in the south, soldiers had to cope with blistering heat and oppressive humidity, as well as pests like musquitoes, flies, cockroaches and many other vermon. Malaria was all too common among camps, and was usually fatal, resulting in many deaths.

Winters (especially in the north) could wipe out vast numbers of men, over short periods of time, due to exposure to brutal cold. Since many men were not adequately clothed, they got frostbite, fever and many other diseases. Many died simply because their bodies could not fight the frigid cold.