By James A. Davis Winter was the calmest period for Civil War soldiers. Knowing that there was no combat immediately looming on the horizon allowed the soldiers to relax and recuperate in ways they had not been able to enjoy beafore. There was time for playing games, writing letters, taking naps, and exchanging gossip. For a time, at least, the war seemed far away. While the men indulged in moments of free time during winter quarters, their daily regimen was still dictated by the army. This me


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