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“I Cannot Fare Equally with Other Soldiers”: A Vegetarian Union Soldier

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Nathan Marzoli It is no secret that Civil War soldiers consumed a lot of meat. For the majority of the war, the standard daily allowance for a soldier in the U.S. Army, for example, consisted … Continue reading

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Stout Hearts: Attempting to Feed Both Civilians and Soldiers

ECW welcomes Katie Brown to share Part 2 of her research. (Find Part 1 here) “The provision blockade is nothing; we shall have wheat, corn, and beef beyond measure…,” Sergeant S.R. Cockrill of Tennessee assured a friend in June 1861, … Continue reading

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Saving General Thomas’ Rations

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Andrew Miller A general needs his rations like any soldier in the army. Even more important is maintaining a well fed staff as they perform innumerable duties to guarantee that the general’s orders are … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: Turkey For Dinner?

Civil War soldiers mention eating turkey (or wanting to eat turkey) for holiday meals. If they were lucky enough to catch, forage, or receive a turkey, that glorious moment would come when the big bird on a platter landed at … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: Army Beans

There’s a spot that the soldiers all love, The mess-tent is that place we mean, And the dish that we like to see there Is the old-fashioned, white Army bean. Tis the bean that we mean, And we’ll eat as … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: “Hard Tack Come Again No More”

Let us close our game of poker, take our tin cups in our hand As we all stand by the cook’s tent door As dried monies of hard crackers are handed to each man. O, hard tack, come again no … Continue reading

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Campfire Cooking: Campaign Diets & Not-So-Fine Dining

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Michael Aubrecht Despite being necessary for survival, food for the typical Civil War soldier was unreliable fare. Whether marching on campaign or hunkered down in winter quarters, a soldier’s dining habits were often dictated by what … Continue reading

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