It’s amazing to me how during the Civil War coffee was thought of as a weapon of war. Union Soldiers were ordered to carry caffeine in their canteens, and planned attacks were based on when men would be the most caffeinated. Diary entries show that they believed that coffee was what kept them alive. They wrote about coffee passionately in their diaries and how they missed it when it became unavailable to them.
Soldiers on both sides depended on coffee as an fuel for survival. When the Conferaderates went threw shortages the made substitutes out of rye, corn or chopped beets just to have a cup of something brown an warm. These were brave strong men. I couldn’t imagine mostly living off of coffee, meat or hardtack. The thought of not having coffee during the Civil War to many soldiers less them to believe they would dir without it.
The one thing I wouldn’t be able to live without is water. I drink a big cup every morning before I even think of a cup of coffee. Coffee doesn’t quinch my thirst or and I can go a whole day without food but water is a must.