I have to wonder about the impact drinking so much coffee had on the troops’ performances. On the one hand, coffee is an incredible stimulant that can (and did based on soldiers’ diaries) make them more effective. On the other hand, coffee is also a diarrhetic which means it may have caused soldiers some discomfort on the battlefield. Another thing to note is that, since caffeine is so addictive, any shortage of coffee would negatively impact soldiers’ performances. While the Union did joke about how their excess supply of coffee would win them the war, it may have actually been a factor since they had a consistent supply. Personally, I would definitely give up coffee over food since I don’t drink that much coffee anyway.
The food I can’t live without is ice cream. It’s awesome.