How did the food taste? These faces say it all. Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Meade in Virginia, August-November 1863.
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<strong>On The Set Of <em>Gone With the Wind:</em></strong> If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill, as God as my witness, I'll never eat ramrod rolls again!
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Hardtack was made to last — not to taste good. Here's a re-created ration at Bushey Farm in Gettysburg, Pa.
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<strong>At Least They Had Real Coffee: </strong>Union soldiers eat and drink in front of tents.
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<strong>Dig In:</strong> This nonregulation Civil War mess kit features a fork, knife, spoon, corkscrew, salt and pepper shaker, and cup enclosed in a mahogany carrying case. The typical kit was much less fancy and <a href="http://www.nwaonline.com/photos/2011/mar/06/90030/">looked more like this</a>.
War is hell, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman is famously said to have uttered.* And the food, he might as well have added, was pretty lousy, too.
As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg — a turning point in the Civil War — it's worth remembering that the men who fought on that Pennsylvania field did so while surviving on food that would make most of us surrender in dismay.
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