Throughout order to avoid unintentional explosions, and to carry

Throughout the Civil
War, soldiers spent most of their time at camps, rather than in actual battle;
which consisted of little to nothing to do. For entertainment, soldiers
depended on game cards and reading and writing letters for entertainment. In
the camps, there was inadequate shelter, unhealthy food, which caused diseases
and illnesses to spread across the camps rapidly. The Union army ate a small diversity
of meals which consisted of hardtack, raw pork, and coffee. Fruits and
vegetables were not prevalent in soldier’s diets, which caused a weakness in
immune systems, and vitamin deficiencies. Soldiers began to eat dried
vegetables, such as tomato skins, and carrots. The vegetables were dried and
then flattened into a thin sheet and boiled. Fruits
and vegetables were major components in Confederate soldiers’ diets, and it
consisted up potatoes, lambs quarter, and thistle. The Soldiers on both
the North and South had unhealthy camps, which assisted in the outbreaks of
body lice in many soldiers’ clothing. Soldiers lived outdoors in tents and in
unclean conditions which caused not only body lice, but other illnesses to
spread as well.

            Various
kinds of weapons and artillery were used during the Civil War; cannons played a
main role in the war as they could produce major blows and impacts that could
slow down the enemy. In order to maneuver and work a cannon during the war,
multiple men were needed; some were needed to sponge the barrel in order to
avoid unintentional explosions, and to carry cannon balls and ammo from behind,
and a couple of men to push the powder and projectile to the back of the
cannon. The Union had a major advantage in artillery due to the fact that the
North had many factories, which they produced weaponry and other items as their
economy was based on infrastructure. Torpedoes were used during the war, these explosive
shells are supposed to look like lumps of coal. The inside of the torpedoes
were hollowed out and were full of gunpowder, and then closed with wax, and
covered in soot to make it unidentifiable. Confederate soldiers dropped the
torpedoes into coal stashes, where they predicted it would be delivered into
the Union warships, which could damage the ship after an explosion.

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            Numerous
engineering techniques took place throughout the Civil War; bridges that were
held up by floats to sustain walking or vehicular travel are called pontoon
bridges, or floating bridges.