answersLogoWhite

0


Best Answer

US Sailors (US Navy) & US Airmen (US Air Force) often had facilities to shower and shave, as they had larger and more modern bases. US Soldiers (US Army) & US Marines (US Marine Corps) had more primitive facilities, such as "Firebases" or just living in the field (for civilians who have never been in the military, being in the field is like "CAMPING"). "Firebases" were like old time army forts in the old west, during the frontier times in the United States (1800's). Water was taken from creeks/rivers and purified by the US Army Engineers with generaters & other engineering equipment. If the engineers weren't present, then the men had to use iodine tablets in their canteen water, to make it safe to drink. If there was no shower point (a tent with a portable shower), then baths had to be taken in the river or creek. The US Army/US Marine steel helmet (steel pot) was used as a water pot to shave in. An empty can of soda or beer was used to hold water to brush your teeth with. Tooth brushes were handed out in SP packages (Sundries Pack): A clear plastic bag containing cartons of cigarettes, tooth brushes, M & M candy, writing tablets, and blue colored ink pens, was handed about once a month; situations permitting. If not, the "C" ration accessary pack contained a piece of wood (looked like a crude toothpick) to brush your teeth with, using canteen water.

User Avatar

Wiki User

15y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar
More answers
User Avatar

Wiki User

14y ago

People in the revolutionary war did not get clean

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

15y ago

They scrub-a-dub-dubbed.

This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: What did civil war soldiers do to keep clean?
Write your answer...
Submit
Still have questions?
magnify glass
imp
Related questions

Are soldiers allowed to keep their uniforms after the civil war?

YES


What was the nickname of the African American soldiers that helped keep peace in the west after the civil war?

Buffalo Soldiers


Who were the volunteered soldiers lined up in clean uniforms in the civil war?

First battle of bull run


Did soldiers fight in the Civil War?

Yes, soldiers fought in the Civil War. Sadly, that is the fact of war.


When was Civil War Soldiers Museum created?

Civil War Soldiers Museum was created in 1991.


What was the role of the soldiers of the civil war in the civil war?

The same as white soldiers, to shoot and be shot at.


What did soldiers do for entertainment in the Civil War?

in the civil war the soldiers didnt get to do anything for enteertainment they had to fight a lot


How many soldiers were blinded during the civil war?

there were 10 blinded soldiers during the civil war


Soldiers diet through out the civil war?

what was the civil war diet? *


Why did the union soldiers of the American Civil War west blue?

that was the color of the American soldiers prior to the civil war


What were civil war soldiers belongings?

ANSWER They were "citizen-soldiers".


Who had the most soldiers in the Civil War?

Union had more soldiers in the war.