American Civil War for Kids, The Mail, Letters and Packages Illustration

American Civil War Mail, Letters and Packages

 
 

In both the Union and Confederate Armies, much of their leisure time was spent writing letters home. Some soldiers sent part of their pay home in their letters. The arrival of mail in the camp was a time of excitement. Soldiers were not required to share anything received from home.

Letters from home were read and reread. Packages from home contained baked goods, new socks or underwear, soap, towels, combs, toothbrushes and other small items that could be put in a package.  Some packages contained civilian clothes to help their loved ones to desert the army and come home.

Writing

Civil War letter dated: June, 1862

Civil War letter dated: September, 1862

Civil War letter dated: December, 1864

Camp Life, other Leisure Time Activities

Deserters

See Also:

The Civil War for Kids, Index

Civil War Interactive Games & Activities for Kids

Civil War Presentations in PowerPoint format

Civil War Video Clips

Civil War Clip Art for Kids and Teachers

Civil War, Free iPad & iPhone apps

American Civil War Lesson Plans for Teachers