Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War Cabins
Soldiers on Active campaigns were issued raw rations which they prepared themselves, usually over an open fire. While in winter quarters, company cooks prepared and served food from a log cook house. Food prepared by the cooks was often of better quality and less likely to spread diseases such as dysentery that killed far more Soldiers than battles.
Enlisted Menís Cabin
A typical log cabin was home to four Soldiers who shared a small communal area with simple furnishings and a dirt floor, a fireplace and two bunks. Sleeping with a bunkmate was warmer as the men sleep under two blankets plus shared their body heat. This structure was built of logs, laid vertically, a construction technique used by both Union and Confederate Soldiers.
Enlisted Menís Cabin
This cabin is essentially the same as its neighbor except that it was constructed of logs laid horizontally. The interior has two bunks for the four men who would have typically slept in the cabin. bunks were built from available materials including wooden boxes, barrel staves, or slender saplings padded with hay, oak or pine leaves. Light was provided by candles or from the fireplace.
Civil War officers frequently had sufficient funds to enhance their winter quarters and also
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
Location. 40° 12.3′ N, 77° 9.537′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Soldiers Drive west of Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Located along the Army Heritage Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 950 Soldiers Dr, Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pine Cottage (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Winter Cabins (within shouting distance of this marker); General Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Colonel William Orlando Darby (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Robert W. Black (within shouting distance of this marker); Specialist Fourth Class Robert D. Law (within shouting distance of this marker); The Army Introduces a Heavyweight: (within shouting distance of this marker); A Century of Protection (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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