The Confederacy’s 9th Kentucky Infantry had a drama club.
Among prisoners of war, and "Chess was the principal game, and the demand for chessmen created quite a business for a former prisoner who had erected a turning lathe."
Civil War bands "provided [soldiers] a daily acquaintance with opera melodies..."
During the Great Revival of '63-64, "Night after night troops participated in prayer meetings, worshipped, and listened to ministers proclaim the good news."
These people were nothing like us.