The 1865 Customs of Service for Non-Commissioned Officers & Soldiers

A Handbook for the Rank and File of the Army


Book Description

  • Reproduction edition of the Civil War era guidebook
  • Indispensable for historians and reenactors

    This was the Civil War soldier's and NCO's "how-to" guide to military duties in garrison and in the field. It covers of all ranks and services: infantry, cavalry, artillery, ordnance, quartermaster, signal, saddlers, hospital stewards, cooks, bands, as well as spies, pickets, expressmen, special forces. There is much quaint yet practical advice on survival, cooking and nutrition, pay, punishment, prisoners of war, and many long-extinct soldier skills. It contains the Articles of War used during the Civil War.

  • About Kautz, August

    August Kautz (1826-1896) was a captain in the Sixth U.S. Cavalry and a brigadier general of U.S. volunteers during the Civil War. He is the author of several other military handbooks.