Occupations

Occupations of the 1860's

The Civil War was not just a time for battles, but life continued on before, during and after. Many jobs at that time were done by an individual or a small factory, and other positions were newly created during the 1860's due to necessity. We have compiled a small list of occupations for research and study, to hone as a persona to present at reenactments, and to help those new to reenacting to narrow the research field. This is certainly not a complete list, for there are many other occupations that are not listed. We encourage our members to learn all they can about topics that best suit them.

  • US Patent Office
  • Telegrapher
  • Cooper
  • Woodworker
  • Box maker
  • Candlemaker
  • Cobbler
  • US Sanitation Commission
  • Christian Commission
  • Politician
  • US Weapons Salesman
  • Abolitionist
  • Correspondent
  • Leather worker
  • Laundress
  • Nurse
  • Spy
  • Seamstress/tailor
  • Flag Maker
  • Illustrator
  • Farmer
  • Wheelwright (wagon maker)
  • Photographer
  • US Postmaster
  • US ClerkBanker
  • Tobacco Farmer
  • Street vendor
  • Teacher
  • Female Treasury worker
  • Textile worker
  • Milliner
  • College professor
  • Coal Miner
  • Circus performer
  • Priest/Nun
  • Lawyer
  • Tavern Keeper
  • Physician/Doctor (local Doctor that would not have traveled with the army)
  • Surveyor
  • Plow Maker (especially research in John Deere plows)
  • Hired servant/chamber maid
  • Master Mason
  • Music Teacher
  • Butcher
  • Brewer
  • Cook/cook servant( hired hand)
  • Painter