Thursday, November 16, 2023

A Brief Update in Civil War Interiors

Back in 2020, I wrote a post about the interiors of the log huts that soldiers used in winter encampments during the Civil War. While I haven't turned up many further references in that regard, I did run across an illustration recently in Military Images magazine that might be of interest. It's a depiction of the quarters of Surgeon Benjamin Walter Carpenter of the 9th Vermont Infantry as they appeared in Newport, NC, on May 30, 1864, depicted by the regiment's then-colonel, Edward Hastings Ripley. Sharp eyes will be able to make out plank chairs, various objects on shelves and hanging on the wall, and a sleeping cat under the desk.

You can view this illustration and learn more about Carpenter and Ripley via the Bennington Museum.

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