Homework #2: Food and Coffee in the Civil War

After reading the article on soldier’s diet during the Civil War, I must say these men were troopers. I don’t know how I would survive going on day to day basis with just scraps of meat, dried fruits and etc. Food and coffee revolves around my life, if I am not thinking about what to eat next then I will be getting a cup of coffee, latte, cappuccino and so fourth. However, if I had to choose one to give up, it would be food. If I had to put myself one week as a soldier or photographer during the Civil War, and I gave up food for coffee, at least I still have coffee to keep me running. Coffee makes me alive, alert and awake therefore, without it I don’t know how I would get through my days. As a student now, coffee means the world to me especially during days of long hours. It is interesting to find in reading the article that the soldier’s depending on coffee the same way. Also means of just having something warm to drink. Additionally, I find hardtack awl fully disgusting after reading what is made of, pretty much a dried hard biscuit. How unappetizing to eat everyday, along with scraps of meat that are mostly salted for longer shelf life. The fact that most of these men depended on women to cook for them, when it was their responsibility to cook on their own, the results were poor. I think the most important things were potatoes, coffee and scraps of meat. I can see how beef stew; a classic dish today was coined from. Beef stew, containing primarily beef stock potatoes, carrots and beef cubes, must have been popular during those days as well.

Furthermore, one food item I probably can’t live without would be eggs. Any dish made with eggs, I love it. My friends had told me if one day I get married, they would gift me a hen along with a farm, so I will be able to have mass production of eggs.

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