Re: Bathroom tissue in the field
Joseph- This is a subject that I would venture most of us have thought about but didn't want to really talk about. I am unaware of the army issuing anything to the soldiers but maybe someone else might have more information. I would venture a guess that the common soldier in the field used any paper/fabric he could find. Letters, books or even old clothing pieces. It is a relevant topic because as we are well aware most Civil War soldiers died of disease and this was probably a significant contributor to many deaths.
Honoring: Pvt. Albert R. Cumpston (Company B, 12th Illinois Vol. Infantry- wounded February 15, 1862)
Pvt. William H. Cumpston (Company B, 12th Illinois Vol. Infantry-Killed February 15, 1862 Ft. Donelson)
Pvt. Simon Sams (Co. C, 18th Iowa Infantry-Killed January 8, 1863 Springfield, MO)
"...in the hottest of the fight, some of the rebs yelled out...them must be Iowa boys". Charles O. Musser 29th Iowa Infantry