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John D. Billings, Hardtack and Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life 2 0 Browse Search
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n and build anew more scientifically. The smoke of his camp-fires in warm weather was an excellent preparative for the smoking fireplace of winter-quarters. Many of these huts were deemed incomplete until a sign appeared over the door. Here and there some one would make an attempt at having a door-plate of wood suitably inscribed; but the more common sight was a sign over the entrance bearing such inscriptions, rudely cut or marked with charcoal, as: Parker House, Hole in the wall, Mose Pearson's, Astor House, Willard's hotel, Five points, and other titles equally absurd, expressing in this ridiculous way the vagaries of the inmates. The last kind of shelter I shall mention as used in the field, but not the least in importance, was the Bomb-proofs used by both Union and Rebel armies in the war. Probably there were more of these erected in the vicinity of Petersburg and Richmond than in all the rest of the South combined, if I except Vicksburg, as here the opposing armies est