Sample questions from L. Johnson’s 1864 textbook Elementary Arithmetic Designed for Beginners, used in North Carolina during the Civil War:
- A Confederate soldier captured 8 Yankees each day for 9 successive days; how many did he capture in all?
- If one Confederate soldier kill 90 Yankees how many Yankees can 10 Confederate soldiers kill?
- If one Confederate soldier can whip 7 Yankees, how many soldiers can whip 49 Yankees?
Students were also asked to imagine rolling cannonballs out of their bedrooms and dividing Confederate soldiers into squads and companies. Let’s hope they didn’t take field trips.