Arrival at camp meant many things to a soldier in the Civil War. For the most part, it was an all too brief season of peace in the time of war. Camp presented a respite from combat, and time to tend wounds, time to heal, a time to build shelter and find food, and even a time to laugh and a time to cry. Though battles get much of the historical attention, camp was the most common experience for soldiers, both Union and Confederate, with approximately 98 out of 100 days spent there. Whole armies would stop and sprout small canvas cities. Picture a type of village with streets, stores, and distinct tents and structures for officers and enlisted men.