I think the most fascinating thing about a Civil War soldier’s diet was that they had so little to eat. Soldiers out of all the people should have the most to eat, because they are fighting for the country and for the people. They are risking their lives for everybody and all they got to eat was pork or beef, coffee, sugar, salt, vinegar, hard tack and sometimes dried fruits and vegetables if they were in season. Its not like the food that they got tasted any good either .Which makes zero sense because soldiers need to be healthy and strong to be able to fight. No wonder why they were so obsessed with coffee. It must’ve been like dessert for them because they had nothing to motivate them. When I’m hungry i get mad and annoying and all i can think about is food. I don’t know how the soldiers were able to survive mentally with that much food. If i had the choice i would probably give up on coffee because I’m not that much of a coffee drinker but I love food. I would not be able to live without potatoes. I love potatoes in any form , fried, baked, boiled. Specially with some melted cheese on it, and I’m good to go!