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Photo Essay: The Civil War: Between the Battles

Killing Time

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Photo: Library of Congress

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Killing Time

Historians like Kelly Knauer, the editor of "TIME Civil War: An Illustrated History," believe soldiers often spent up to 95 percent of their time "drinking and playing cards or the banjo, simply trying to kill time."

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