I would highly recommend reading, "Foul Bodies, Cleanliness in Early America" by Kathleen Brown. I think it gives an incredible perspective on hygiene habits in early american history which is a great way to frame any conversation about 19th century "standards." Another avenue of approach would be to call historic urban area's with great archaeological regulations and or archaeological firms. Being Virginia-centric I would suggest contacting the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. There are a large number of resources available in Philadelphia and Charleston as well. Privy pits or the repository for urban outhouses are typically not drained but are limed and if need be a new pit dug and the house moved. Dumping pots on streets is HIGHLY discouraged and in most cases come with heavy fines shortly after Jamestown's establishment.
3rd Regiment USV- Buffington's Boys
Atlantic Guard Soldiers Aid Society
Backus's Bodacious Battery- PNB Artillery Crew
"...mow hay, cut wood, prepare great food, drink schwitzel, knit, sew, spin wool, rock out to a good pinch of snuff and somehow still find time to go fly a kite." N.B.
Now thats living history.