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Veterans Day Through Lens of Food

Veterans Day Through Lens of Food

Civil War Cook, Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Civil War Cook, Courtesy of the Library of Congress

“[W]e don’t get our rations as we ought to. All the rations that are condemned by the white troops are sent to our regiment,” writes Benjamin Williams, a nineteen-year-old African American private from Philadelphia in the Union Army. Let's take a look at Veterans Day through the words of a US Civil War soldier. Writing from jail on Morris Island in South Carolina Williams goes on to say, “You ought to see the hard tack [rock hard biscuits/crackers] that we have to eat. They are moldy and musty and full of worms, and not fit for a dog to eat,” he wrote on July 8, 1864. Union soldiers on the front lines survived in part on hardtack and in part on foraging and creative cooking ideas. 

Civil War Soup Recipes

Civil War Stories and Recipes

 

Feeding the Revolution in Albany, Georgia

Feeding the Revolution in Albany, Georgia

West Africa in Culinary Context, Rice

West Africa in Culinary Context, Rice