When we watch today’s news or read the newspaper or scan the e-mails that sail into our mailboxes minutes apart, it often seems as if the world is falling apart around us. There are wars and rumors of wars and murders and deaths and poverty and hate all demanding our attention. And yet through it all we continue to live our everyday lives. We go to work hoping there’s enough gas in the tank. We pick up the children after school and ferry them home. We do our shopping and our wash and put our feet up to watch TV when we are too tired to do anything else. We do what people do. We take care of the small things. We push on.
The people of the Civil War era did the same thing. They lived their lives despite the horror of war. In this blog I will be contemplating these lives, so different and yet so similar to ours, through first hand documents, books, and materials published during this period.