Huts and History: The Historical Archaeology of Military Encampment During the American Civil War / Edition 1

Huts and History: The Historical Archaeology of Military Encampment During the American Civil War / Edition 1

by Clarence R. Geier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813029414

ISBN-13: 9780813029412

Pub. Date: 07/28/2006

Publisher: University Press of Florida


The American Civil War soldier, confined much of the time to his camp, suffered from boredom and sickness. Encampment was not only tedious but detrimental to his health; far more soldiers died of diseases from sharing close quarters with their comrades than from wounds on the battlefield. Until now, archaeologists have concentrated their study on the battle…  See more details below

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The American Civil War soldier, confined much of the time to his camp, suffered from boredom and sickness. Encampment was not only tedious but detrimental to his health; far more soldiers died of diseases from sharing close quarters with their comrades than from wounds on the battlefield. Until now, archaeologists have concentrated their study on the battle sites and overlooked the importance of the camps. This edited collection is the first dedicated to the archaeology of Civil War encampments. The authors contend that intensive study to interpret and preserve these sites will help to ensure their protection as well as expand our understanding of the 19th-century soldier’s life. Whether they mobilized tens of thousands of men for training or taught maneuvers to smaller groups, encampments are significant in several ways: as “cultural landscapes” characterized by architectural features, as socially and politically organized “mobile communities,” and as infrastructures created to support soldiers’ needs. The authors’ techniques can be applied to camps not only of the Civil War but the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Indian campaign.     
 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813029412
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Edition description:
First
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IIntroduction and background1
1"I am now very comfortably situated for the winter having a very nice chimney attached to my tent, and everything that tends to make this unhappy life pleasant and agreeable"5
2Blueprint for nineteenth-century camps : castramentation, 1778-186528
Pt. IISurvey and management of Civil War encampments51
3Finding Civil War sites : what relic hunters know, what archaeologists should and need to know55
4Guarding the junction : the encampment of the 14th New Jersey infantry74
Pt. IIIEncampment plan and layout93
5"Masterly inactivity" : the confederate cantonment supporting the 1861-1862 blockade of the Potomac River, Evansport, Virginia97
6Civil War housing insights from Camp Nelson, Kentucky136
Pt. IVEncampment architecture and material culture173
7"Right nice little house[s]" : winter camp architecture of the American Civil War177
8Under the forest floor : excavations at a confederate winter encampment, orange, Virginia194
9"Beautiful confusion" : the archaeology of Civil War camp life in an urban context216
10Cabin in command : the city point headquarters of Ulysses S. Grant244
Pt. VConclusions and beginnings263

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