In the army, soldiers spent most of their time in boredom. For entertainment,
soldiers gambled a lot. They held lice races, cockfights, horse races,
and played cards. They also passed their time singing song like Home
Sweet Home, The Girl I Left Behind Me, and When
This Cruel War Is Over.
|Food in the army was miserable. The common
beverage consisted of crude coffee or alcohol. In the Union army,
the soldiers ate biscuits called hardtack, or teeth
dullers. They were 3 inch squares, 1/2 inch thick, and extraordinarily
hard. Stamped on the side, were the letters BC, which
stood for Brigade Commissary. But the soldiers interpreted
it as the year they were baked. The food in the Confederate army was
no better. The rebels ate stale and moldy cornbread.
Recipe for Hardtack
Two cups water
One tablespoon salt
Add Flour until dough is not "sticky"
Roll out to the Army standard - one-half inch.
Cut into 3 and a quarter by 3 inch pieces.
Use the end of a wooden spoon or some other round object to put
in the 16 holes - four rows of four - in each piece.
Bake at 400 degrees for one hour.