CAH, HW #2: Food and Coffee in the Civil War

Every day we make choices, our lives are made up of the choices we make. Well a choice between giving up food or coffee for me is an easy choice… I choose to give up coffee. Even though coffee increases your energy level for some who need coffee to start the day, for me it’s a good breakfast filled with nourishment and nutrients that does the trick.

Life during the civil war was not easy for soldiers; the most fascinating about a Civil War soldier’s diet for me was that coffee was what the troops enjoyed before and after the battle. Even though they were provided with small rations of basic food, coffee and hardtack, was mostly eaten. Even though they call hard tack bread it sounds more like an unappetizing hard cracker which needs a liquid to soften it before it can be eaten. It’s no wonder they needed coffee to wash down the bits.

I am sure the soldiers loved their coffee because they knew its properties would help keep them awake and improve their physical performance after many hours even when they were exhausted.  It’s also fascinating to know that the loss of coffee afflicted the confederates even more than the lack of spirits.

Believe me there are a lot of foods that I cannot live without, even though I do not eat it every day pork is what I will mention, even though it is a little high in salt I love the taste of it.  My favorite pork item is bacon and ham.

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