Today, at a Civil War re-enactment held at a plantation built in the 1700s in northern Virginia, the docent for the plantation made a passing comment that I question. She said the lady of the house, during Civil War days, had sent for her “camp bed”, which was short for “campaign bed”.
That got me wondering if our common use of the term “camp” and “camping” all come from the idea of soldiers going on a “campaign” when they’re in battle, setting up tents and temporary places to stay while on their campaign.
Does anyone know if the word “camp” is short for “campaign”, as in soldiers going on a campaign and living in tents? I asked around the Civil War re-enactors and other plantation guides, and no one seemed to know. One very knowledgeable historian among the re-enactors did not think that was the case.
I’m curious about this.