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A Child's Life during the Civil War

Updated on February 23, 2015
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In researching my Civil War ancestor, I became fascinated by all aspects of that war. If you're a Civil War buff, check out my topics.

What Was Life Like for Children in the 1860s?

In researching my Civil War ancestor, I became curious about what life was like for his children. While my great-great grandfather was gone three and a half years with the 93rd Indiana Infantry, what was happening with the two young children left at home with their mother?

To find the answers to these questions, I'm reading a number of Civil War diaries and also researching the topic in books and online. I'm a retired librarian, and this is what we do for fun. If you have questions about what life was like for a child during the Civil War, please put your query in the guestbook. I'll do my best to find the answers and put them here.

The topics I'm starting with are what did children wear, what was their daily life like and how did they play (games and toys). I'm going to focus on childhood in the north, as the experience for a southern child would be somewhat different during the war and the life of a child in slavery would be even more so.

Mother & Children Daguerreotype by lc_prints

Did Children Have Sweets or Candy during the Civil War?

Yes, candy was available at that time in stores or it could be homemade. Cane sugar would probably have been difficult to get in the north since production of sugar cane in the south was disrupted and shipping was dedicated to war activities. In the far north, maple syrup was made and across the north, sorgham was converted to syrup.

The family could dry fruits like apricots or plums to eat during the winter. Dried fruit concentrated the flavors and sweetness of the fruit and would have been a treat for the children and adults.

Games and Toys Like Children Played in the 1860s

Reproductions available now from Amazon.

Homemade Checkerboard from the Civil War Era

These were simple to make with a square board and some red and black paint. Cut slices from a slender tree branch to make the checker pieces.
These were simple to make with a square board and some red and black paint. Cut slices from a slender tree branch to make the checker pieces. | Source

Checkers Was a Popular Game

This was an easy board game to make at home with some wood and paint back in the 1800s. Antique ones are highly valued for their graphic qualities. They make nice displays for the wall.

Draughts or Checkers?

Draughts is an old-fashioned name for the game of checkers. There's an illustration in the October 1864 Godey's Ladies Magazine showing children playing draughts.

Other board games that were played during the Civil War era are Yankee Pedlar and The Checkered Game of Life. Some were educational games like the Multiplication Table in Rhyme where the players matched cards. The card game of Hearts was played at that time.

Tin Drum for Children

Children Played Games Like Blind Man's Bluff

I found a drawing of older children and a young girl playing blind man's bluff. It was an illustration from Godey's Ladies Magazine, October 1864.

Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks - Made in USA
Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks - Made in USA

Alphabet blocks have been around for ages. A toddler in the 1860s would have a fun time stacking these and arranging the letters.

Small World Toys Ryan's Room Wooden Toys  -Bag O' Blocks
Small World Toys Ryan's Room Wooden Toys -Bag O' Blocks

As families made wooden items for household and farm use, the leftover pieces could become playthings for the children. This is a commercially produced toy, but homemade might have been more common in 1860.


Some of the Games from the 1850s and 1860s Are Still around Today - Available from Amazon

Authors card game was played during the Civil War and mah jong. Little girls had china head dolls or homemade rag dolls or cornhusk dolls. A rocking horse made of wood was a popular toy.

Authors Card Game

Authors Card Game (Authors & More)
Authors Card Game (Authors & More)

We played this card game in the 1950s when I was a child. I had no idea at the time that it dated back to the Civil War era.


China Head Doll (Replica)

China Head 7 I/2 Inch [Toy]
China Head 7 I/2 Inch [Toy]

Usually the china head doll would have a cloth body. Sometimes the hands and feet were china also and attached to the cloth arms and legs.


A Civil War Child's Doll

Young girls learned to sew by making dresses for their doll. In the diary of Carrie Berry, she mentions walking to her aunt's house to get scraps for quilts and to make clothes for her doll. These would be remnants and fabric scraps leftover from making clothes or curtains.

We lost our last hog this morning early. Soldiers took him out of the pen. Me and Buddie went around to hunt for him and every where that we inquired they would say that they saw two soldiers driving off to kill him. We will have to live on bread.

— Carrie Berry

A Rocking Horse Was a Fine Toy for a Civil War Child


The print above can be ordered from Zazzle: Rocking Horse ~ Vintage Fine Art Print by VintageFactory

If you are a woodworker, there are patterns for making wooden rocking horses. I'm sure in the 1800s there were many variations on homemade rocking horses.

I found a vintage style rocking horse made of cherry at a site called Horse Hubs. Since we don't have woodworking tools, we could buy one already made like this. It looks very sturdy and has a mane of yarn.

Antique Rocking Horses on eBay - though most of these don't date as far back as the Civil War

To carve and paint a wooden rocking horse would have been quite a project back in the Civil War era. This would be a handsome gift for a child.

Toy Soldiers Depicting Civil War Soldiers on eBay

The toy soldiers that children played with in the 1860s would have been made of lead or tin or carved at home from wood. Plastic soldiers are much more recent and wasn't a material available during the mid-1800s.

Clothing Worn by Children in the Civil War Era

The picture at the top of this page is from a daguerreotype of Gertrude Mercer Hubbard, with her children Roberta Bell, and Mabel Hubbard Bell taken in 1860. Note the off-the-shoulder style worn by the standing child. This shows up in many photos of girls in the 1860s, so it was the style of the time.

Make a Civil War Dress for a Girl - with this pattern (available from Amazon in various sizes)

Girl's Pleated/Gathered Everyday Dress Pattern (Girl's sizes 12-14)
Girl's Pleated/Gathered Everyday Dress Pattern (Girl's sizes 12-14)

The dress shows pleating which allows it to be let out as the child grows. A deep hem would allow for lengthening the dress as the child became taller. If the crease from the old hem needed to be covered, some braiding could be added for that.


Read a Diary by a Young Girl - from Civil War days

Available on Kindle for free download. You can also purchase it as a regular book.

Village Life in America 1852-1872 Including the period of the American Civil War as told in the diary of a school-girl
Village Life in America 1852-1872 Including the period of the American Civil War as told in the diary of a school-girl

This book gives a lot of fascinating details about school, social activities, clothes, games, songs and other childhood activities from the 1860s.


Much of the information on this page came from old diaries such as this one (above).

She tells that her grandparents didn't allow a regular deck of cards in the home for religious reasons. They did play a card game called Dr. Busby. (see the link). Another game they played was "The Old Soldier and His Dog" which was played with counters. It is unclear if it was a board game or not.

The Reason I'm Interested in Childhood in the 1860s - I'm researching my Civil War ancestor

When Abraham Tower Bates left to serve in the 93rd Indiana Infantry at the end of August 1862, he left behind his wife, Nancy Angeline (Long) Tower with their two small children. Their son, Erastus Laban Tower, had just turned one that month. Their daughter, Laura Ann Tower, had her third birthday September 29. Abraham served in the Union Army for three years (six months of that time, he was a prisoner of war). Erastus would be four and Laura would be six around the time they once again had a father.

I found an 1861 daguerreotype of a young boy (yes, both boy and girl babies wore dresses at this age). It helped me imagine Erastus at the time his father left for war.

Children's Duties and Chores during the 1860s

Videos with Information or Re-Enactments - of Civil War Childhood

Children Had to Help Each Day

At an early age, children learned to help their parents during the 1800s. Especially with the father gone to war, everyone in the home needed to do some of the chores. Little girls learned to sew by stitching a sampler and mending clothing. She might make a small quilt for her doll. Over time they would learn to make clothing and quilts.

A child would help tend the garden, pick the vegetables and fruit, and snap peas for the family meal. Girls would learn to make biscuits and other simple cookery.

The boys would bring in wood for the fire, buckets of water for the kitchen and help take care of the animals such as a cow, pigs, chickens and the horse. Older children would watch over the younger children.

Children Had Chores to do

Girls helped their mother prepare the meals and wash the dishes. Of course, there was no automatic dishwashers in the 1860s, since there was no electricity.
Girls helped their mother prepare the meals and wash the dishes. Of course, there was no automatic dishwashers in the 1860s, since there was no electricity. | Source

Would You Have Liked Being a Child in the 1860s?

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Illnesses and Childhood in the 1860s - during the Civil War

Many children died quite young from illness or accidents. It was the custom at that time to have a photograph taken of the beloved child to remember them by. At first viewing, one thinks the baby is sleeping, but this is called a post-mortem picture.

Illnesses that can be treated today with antibiotics like scarlet fever or prevented with a shot like measles might cause death or have long-term consequences in the 1860s.

More Background Information about Childhood in The 1860s

An Informative Book about Home Life in the 1800s - The American Frugal Housewife

The edition I read came out in the 1830s, so certainly was available to guide the housewife of the Civil War era. It includes ways to treat various illnesses such as croup or first aid for injuries with the resources of the times. There is advice for having children help with the household chores.

Fascinating reading.

It is available in Kindle as well for free reading. Great deal!

A Bed with a Handmade Quilt on It

Most children shared a room with their brothers and sisters. They usually did not have a room of their own.
Most children shared a room with their brothers and sisters. They usually did not have a room of their own. | Source

Read about Daily Life in the Civil War - Book available from Amazon

Daily Life in Civil War America, 2nd Edition (Daily Life Through History)
Daily Life in Civil War America, 2nd Edition (Daily Life Through History)

This is great if you want to see how people lived at that time.


Photos of Civil War Children

Because a person had to stay very still for the camera in Civil War times, you will see photos of a child sitting on a blanket. There is a little blurring. Actually the draping behind the child is concealing a parent who is trying to hold the young child still for the photograph.

I've collected on my Civil War Childhood Pinterest pinboard many photos for you to see.

© 2011 Virginia Allain

Any Questions about Childhood during the Civil War? - Ask here & I'll try to find an answer & add it to the page

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      nonya222 3 years ago

      Great lens! Always interesting to see the human aspect of history.

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      Very interesting introduction to a largely unresearched area of family/period history.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @Ann Hinds: I think the re-enactors are great. I want to go see some camps/battles to photograph them.

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      Ann Hinds 4 years ago from So Cal

      While the Civil War is a small part of my great grandmother's story, I find myself totally lacking in knowledge. I added this as a resource on my Scrivener page and pinned it as well. I am also following the blog. You have an incredible amount of information to digest and I really appreciate all the work. I do know a little bit. My son is a reinactor and I am making a quilt for him to use as a bedroll. I have the colors right and learned that the log cabin pattern was popular at the time. 4 squares down, 16 to go.

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      burntchestnut 4 years ago

      I loved this lens; both personal and historical.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. I love history, particularly American and English history. Thanks.

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      rkhadija96 4 years ago

      An interesting and informative lens, I am always curious about human in the past. Thanks for sharing.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @Sweetbunny LM: Bet they never had a free moment though as everything was very labor-intensive.

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      Sweetbunny LM 4 years ago

      So interesting, we have a family member who has a letter and the wife talks about spinning cotton to make her husband a shirt for him as a gift for when he returns. Much slower life!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @norma-holt: thank you for the blessing on this page. I found the life of a child during the Civil War quite fascinating.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      You have done a great job with this lens and it really emphasises the difference between then and now. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013. Hugs

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      casquid 5 years ago

      Thank you for writing this. The Civil War Era is such an interesting time. I read a lot about then and have written a script for a small museum in Ohio. For six years, the play was enacted for schools, bus trips and private showings. I love History, but am too shy to bring attention to myself, that is why the details remain skimpy.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you so much for your kind words and for boosting my lens.

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      What a great idea for a lens. I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you & Happy New Year to you, Virginia!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I'd wondered about the photo myself. Since the hand is blurred, it looks like the child moved her hand (or his hand as little boys wore dresses when very young) when the photo was taken.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Congrats on making it to the favorite lenses of 2012. Your writing is always so, so rich. Pinned onto my history board, out by digg, and I think that I had already blessed it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Could be wrong, but this looks like a tintype of a child who had passed away. It was very common to take photos of loved ones who had passed in that era and before. There were even contraptions to hold bodies and heads up in order to take the photo.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @MadeInAmerica LM: You are right about the within living memory. My great-great grandfather survived the Civil War and lived until 1930. Several of his grandchildren remember him telling stories about the war while he lived with them. Those grandchildren (great aunt and great uncle of mine) lived into their late 80s and one into her 90s. They passed the stories on to my Mom within the past 20 years.

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      MadeInAmerica LM 5 years ago

      This might sound strange to us with our TVs, and iPhones, and iPads, and cars, and space shuttles, but the Civil war was not that long ago - almost within living memory really. I can remember when I was a child in the early 60's there was a special on TV that featured a black woman who was then 100 years old, who had been born a slave. And my father, who is 85 and still alive, can remember his two great

      grandfathers sitting under a tree together in their civil war uniforms - one of them union and one of them confederate. So it wasn't so long ago that people lived like that.

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      dawnsnewbeginning 5 years ago

      Lots of information here. I have always loved hearing personal stories passed down in our family about our forefathers.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Beautiful lens on a very interesting subject. I had never thought about this before, what it was like to be a child during those years. I enjoyed learning.

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      swapnal-sarang 5 years ago

      My daughter had a historical day in school and we made the clothes on our own and bonnets and frills it was fun .very extraordinary lens

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I would imagine that the civil war would ha e been one of the worst times to be a child in the USA.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Civil War was such a horrible time in our nation's history. It must have so difficult on the children. This lens took a lot of research. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this very much. All things considered, we have it pretty easy today!

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      Very compelling reading. No surprise this made the list of favorite lenses of 2012! Congratulations on a well deserved honor!

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      kcsantos 5 years ago

      I just want to say thank you for sharing this lens. This is very informative and interesting!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Nancy Hardin: Awww, I thank you and greatly appreciate this. It's one of my favorite lenses of mine too.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I came back to scatter some angel dust on a lens I really enjoyed and that I have now used as a quest for my favorite 2012 lens. It was a tough decision with all the great lenses there are, but this one had me thinking of what I was like when I was a kid, and how the two childhood eras would compare. So then there was no contest, it was this lens I chose!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What was it like for the children's memories? Do they like having their father and brother absent from home?

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I have another page of Civil War Diaries to read online. Those might help you.

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      laurenrich 5 years ago

      I do not have any questions, but I find this lens to be very interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing.

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      Impressive research. You've uncovered some precious information about everyday life in this era. Enjoyed!

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      ettorecolella 5 years ago

      This is one of the most interesting and beautiful lenses I read on Squidoo. You did a fantastic job!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @aesta1: I'm finding it fascinating to research my Civil War ancestor.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is very interesting piece of history.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love how you take a personal interest here and broadened it to give us such a view of a child's life during the Civil War, I was wondering about that recently while watching a movie and you covered the subject with excellence, as usual. Congratulations on your purple star!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @CoeGurl: I imagine the "early to bed, early to rise" was probably followed by families in those times. They could sit around the fireplace telling stories too.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      This is a very interesting topic and well-presented. Another aspect of life back then would be the lighting, which would mean the children would read and play by candlelight in the evenings.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Good question, Rebecca. I'll research that and make a separate page about women's clothing of the Civil War era. The first thing that comes to mind is Scarlett O'Hara's dresses from Gone with the Wind and southern belle outfits. I would think ordinary folks wouldn't dress that elaborately though for everyday work around the house.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have a question off topic. Did the Women in the south Dress the same as the woman in the north. as in dress style? i can't seem to find any comparison done anywhere

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: This is an excellent question. Since my Civil War ancestor was in Andersonville Prison for 6 months, his health was severely affected. I would like to know how this affected his children when he returned home.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So... The children and their mothers were left behind as the fathers, brother, uncles, and other men left to fight. How did the children cope without a father? And if their father DID come back, how did they respond to the trauma that the men often dealt with after returning, both physical and psychological?

      I have found plenty of stuff about the mothers and wives of the soldiers but nothing about the children so far...

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @OhMe: That sounds marvelous, a history camp for kids to learn about the Civil War. Such an interesting period in US history.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I think reading those old diaries would be so interesting. I enjoyed learning more about the children that grew up during the Civil War. Our Historic Foundation does a wonderful job of educating the public on all aspects of that period and run a camp for children where they learn how to do some of these things.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @GregKuhn: Yes, the little daily activities, so different from today's way of living, fascinate me.

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      GregKuhn 5 years ago

      No XBoxes? How did they survive? Great lens; I used to teach history and love these aspects of our history!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Gypzeerose: I love sharing information on Squidoo, so your compliment made my day.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Your lenses are some of the best on Squidoo, consistently. I loved the historical bent of this lens, as well as the personal history tie-in. Squid Angel Blessed.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @pawpaw911: I hope you'll make a lens sometime about your ancestors. Squidoo is a good site to feature genealogy and family history.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I have 3 ancestors who fought in the civil war (father and son for the north, and one for the south) , and I too have wondered what life was like for children during the civil war.

      The page is a great insight into what it was like for them.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Social history is so much more interesting to me than learning about only the leaders of state and army. I think it would have been a sad, hard time to be alive during the Civil War, when men butchered each other in battle right here in our own land.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      What an incredibly interesting page you have assembled here!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I found one site that said teenage boys wore pretty much the same clothes as grown men, but the jackets were shorter, ending at the waist. The jacket would have a button at the top, not all the way down. Young boys might wear short pants, but teens wore long pants.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What would a rich southern teenage boy wear in the early 1860s?

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      Cassidy Wadsworth 5 years ago

      This is a great lens! I've been a Civil War enthusiast since high school, but I never studied what it was like on the home front. This was very informative. Thank you!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Wonderful and informative lens with great images...very well done! I will look up some of the book, like the diary of a young girl during the Civil War...

      I remember getting candy during WWII from American G.I.'s

      here is a ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      MaggiePowell 6 years ago

      fantastic lens..great research, photos, info...definitely deserving of a purple star.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      You've done a great job letting us step into the shoes of a Civil War era child with the photos and examples of how life was lived. I'm glad we have more creature comforts now.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      I couldn't even imagine being a child during the Civil War ... it must have been really difficult to be a mom back then too! Oh, dad too.

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      nyclittleitaly 6 years ago

      Really good lens. The Civil War was our Country's darkest hour.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      My grandfather was a photographer and I have pictures of my grandmother dressed for burial. This is truly interesting and useful. We are going to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary and there will be three children who need to get into character.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'm back to read the part about the childhood illnesses. Such a wonderful job on this, and thanks for including the daguerreotypes of children who had passed away. I understand that was a common practice even into the Victorian era. *Blessed*

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I will have to say that for civil war era children, I wonder if horehound candy was an acquired taste? I've never gotten used to it since I tried it as a child. One word......yuk. :(

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      very interesting, a look back at childhood during Civil War.

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      Lynne Schroeder 6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      Really interesting. It's difficult to imagine what life would have been like for a child in these times

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Really interesting topic. Children of today have such incredibly different lives. It's mind-boggling when you think about it.

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      What a wonderful lens! I love learning about this era. We used to love to go to Harper's Ferry, and of course the docents there teach everyone so much about the Civil War era and what life was like during those tumultuous times. Fascinating topic!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      What were some of the more frequent childhood ailments and how did they treat them? This is, of course, another of your excellent lenses. You have such a knack for writing about the very things someone would want to know about. Thanks for sharing a piece of Civil War history.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I read a diary years ago by a Southern woman whose city was cut off from any outside trade for a time during the war. We take so much for granted here and now that it's hard to imagine the hardships the war caused for civilians on both sides. One thing that really brought it home to me was being at Gettysburg National Memorial Park during a living history presentation at Meade's Headquarters. Various women from the town were describing how the basements of the churches were being turned into hospitals, etc., and you almost felt you were there.

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love history! This is the kind of research writers need to do before they write historical novels.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      This is an era of history that has always been of interest to me . Thank you for sharing this information, as it will surely be of interest to those who research and write about the Civil War.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Yikes, I'm mixed. Life was simpler but not all of that simplicity was good.

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      Thank you for teaching me about another aspect of life during Civil War Times. Another great lens! :)

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Hi Virginia,

      Wow! That was a fast reply.

      |I'm glad to see that the children had jelly beans and gum drops even in those days.

      Not good to eat every day, but once in a while as a treat.

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      Heather B 6 years ago

      Ah, life was so much simpler back then! Let's do away with all these modern games and go back to social forms of entertainment like blind man's buff...

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I wonder if the children were allowed to eat "sweets"....

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      Coreena Jolene 6 years ago

      This is an interesting view into the civil war. I have often wondered what life was like for my ancestors as I do research.