Hardtack – Something Civil War Soldiers Ate

Hardtack – Something Civil War Soldiers Ate

Did you know …   Hardtack might sound like a nail pounded into the wall, but, to Civil War soldiers, it was a piece of hard bread. A part of a soldier’s daily meals Made of flour and water, this hard piece of bread became part of a soldier’s daily meals. Each piece was about a half-inch thick. It measured about 3 1/8 inches by 2 7/8 inches, so it was wider than a graham cracker and looked like a big, thick cracker. Sometimes the hardtack was too hard Soldiers were given nine or ten of these a day, and they got tired of eating them plain all the time. Sometimes the hardtack was too hard. The men couldn’t bite into them, so they came up with other ways to eat it. Crumbled into their coffee Soldiers often took the hardtack and crumbled it...

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