General Willoughby Babcock (1832-1864) standing
in front of a tent during the Civil War.
Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island near Pensacola
In December, 1861 he told her of his accommodations:
"I have one large tent by myself (I am entitled to two) which is all I want or can use. It is neatly framed and floored, and I have for furniture, my camp bed, a good pine table, a wash cupboard, shelves and nails for all my books, notions, and clothes. My bed is a cot, over which for a mattress I have a thick quilt doubled, a quilt for a pillow and my blanket and another nice quilt for bed clothing."
"He has the heart of fun under a most sober exterior."
We occasionally get a glimpse of the bedding inside the soldier's tent
President Abraham Lincoln visits General George McClellan
in his tent at Antietam in Maryland, 1862.
Alexander Gardner photo, Library of Congress.
McClellan seems to have a Union flag and a captured Confederate flag in his tent. His bedcovering is a woven coverlet.
Dr. A.J. Myers had a plaid woolen blanket in his tent
at Union Signal Corps Headquarters in Virginia, July,1862.
Pencil drawing by Edwin Forbes in 1863 of the interior
of a Union soldier's Virginia tent
General Babcock's letters were collected by his grandson.
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