What did the soldiers have in the Civil War?

A typical Civil War soldier was issued a kit containing a blanket, a cup and bowl, a uniform, and a few other essentials. Most soldiers brought other items from home including musical instruments, gloves, socks, etc. Most soldiers were issued rifled muskets and power and shot for 60 rounds. One thing most soldiers did not have was training. Basic training often consisted of telling the men what orders meant and instructing them how to march. They generally didn't receive much (if any) practice firing and reloading the musket or any instruction in how to build a foxhole or deal with the situations of battle.


Confederate soldiers received less and less of the standard kit as the war went on.