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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2019 9:19 p.m. PST

…The Food.

"War is hell, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman is famously said to have uttered.* And the food, he might as well have added, was pretty lousy, too.

As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg a turning point in the Civil War it's worth remembering that the men who fought on that Pennsylvania field did so while surviving on food that would make most of us surrender in dismay.

Insects and other critters commonly made it into Union soldiers' meals in the form of hardtack a stiff, flavorless cracker that could cost you a tooth if you bit it into it. (The biscuit was meant to be softened by dipping it in stew or coffee.) Along with salt pork or beef, hardtack which the soldiers called "worm castles" or "teeth dullers" was a staple of soldiers' rucksacks. Yum…"
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