*THIS IS NOT A HISTORY BOOK!!! IT IS A COLLECTION OF HOUSEHOLD TIPS FROM THE MID 1800's! Use at your own discretion.The United States Civil War began in 1861 and ended in 1865. While it was a difficult time for our country, they had many important yet simple bits of knowledge that deserve to be resurrected. Back when they couldn’t run to the corner market for cough syrup, they knew how to make their own. Taking nothing away from our 21st century luxuries, sometimes it just feels good to do something the old fashioned way!