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Ñ Dinner Party Outside Tent at the Army of the Potomac Headquarters-Brandy Station Virginia in April of 1865
Whats for breakfast in the Civil War? Union Lieutenant Theodore Ayrault Dodge wrote in his journal in 1862–’hard crackers, boiled beef (2 days in the haversack) and bologna sausage (ditto).’ 
Officially, the daily Union ration consisted of 22 ounces of bread and either 12 ounces of pork or a pound of salted beef. Confederates were supposed to be supplied (but seldom were) with 12 ounces of bacon or 20 ounces of beef (usually salted) along with 18 ounces of flour or 20 ounces of corn meal or hard bread. Vegetables such as beans and peas often proved hard to come by, especially for the Southern Soldiers. Usually, Yankees banked on hardtack and coffee, while their counterparts tried to get by on corn bread and coffee. Men on both sides got what they could from sutlers or foraging. Coffee and tobacco were common cravings.-Historynet.com
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Dinner Party Outside Tent at the Army of the Potomac Headquarters-Brandy Station Virginia in April of 1865

Whats for breakfast in the Civil War? Union Lieutenant Theodore Ayrault Dodge wrote in his journal in 1862–’hard crackers, boiled beef (2 days in the haversack) and bologna sausage (ditto).’

Officially, the daily Union ration consisted of 22 ounces of bread and either 12 ounces of pork or a pound of salted beef. Confederates were supposed to be supplied (but seldom were) with 12 ounces of bacon or 20 ounces of beef (usually salted) along with 18 ounces of flour or 20 ounces of corn meal or hard bread. Vegetables such as beans and peas often proved hard to come by, especially for the Southern Soldiers. Usually, Yankees banked on hardtack and coffee, while their counterparts tried to get by on corn bread and coffee. Men on both sides got what they could from sutlers or foraging. Coffee and tobacco were common cravings.-Historynet.com

Photo from the Library of Congress

 

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