The Old Museum at Manassas

Escapes from War

Soldiers found a variety of escapes from the monotony of camp life and the horrors of war.
Some soldiers enjoyed smoking or chewing almost as much as eating.

A favorate brand of smoking tobaco

A twist of Chewing Tobaco

Clay Pipe Bowls

Card games were a popular pastime.
A game of cards in a uniom camp.


Singing around the campfire probaly provided the greatest enjoyment, but Civil War soldiers also appreciated organized and informal instrumental music. Songs such as "Home Sweet Home" and "Annie Laurie" were favorites on both sides of the battle lines.

A band from the south

A home-made fiddle

The Missing Cannon Fith New York