The North Carolina Museum of History has a nice uniform set that was issued to an infantryman from Pitt County NC. In the pocket of his trousers was a handful of seashells presumably picked up by him and kept as souvenirs.
I have also read that some boys from New Hanover County in the 36th NC set out on a sightseeing trip while in the Valley of Virginia. They went to tour the caverns and even spied upon the Capitol dome in DC (with the help of field optics I’m sure) while visiting with some friends in a “forward” position.
I’ll cinch up the references for these asap and edit them in.
Any more stories like these out there to share?
...and sorry about the Title...