Lois Leveen

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February 15, 2012

Upriver Was the Uptown of Civil War Encampments

Nothing says "America's great love of history" like a Civil War reenactment encampment. Complete with PortaPotty.
Civil War encampment

Squint and you can see it, there in the background.

How is this a fascinating fact? Um, what if I mention that during the Civil War there were no chemical toilets? So often they used streams/rivers near the encampment. But not always ones DOWNRIVER from the encampment.

Not the only reason there were so many disease-induced fatalities during the War, but perhaps the grossest one.
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