1865 Customs of Service for Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers
By: Augustus V. Kautz
A Handbook for the Rank and File of the Army
This was the Civil War soldier’s “how-to” guide to military duties in garrison and in the field. It covers all ranks and services: infantry, cavalry, artillery, ordnance, quartermaster, signal, saddlers, hospital stewards, cooks, and bands, as well as spies, pickets, expressmen, and special forces. There is much quaint yet practical advice on survival, cooking and nutrition, pay, punishment, prisoners of war, and many long-extinct soldier skills. Composed at the end of the war, this is a description of not just how things were supposed to be done, but how they actually were.
Hardcover, 304 pages