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John D. Billings, Hardtack and Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life 2 2 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Mass. officers and men who died. 2 0 Browse Search
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XI. special rations.--boxes from home.--sutlers. Can we all forget the bills on Sutler's ledger haply yet, Which we feared he would remember, and we hoped he would forget? May we not recall the morning when the foe were threatening harm, And the trouble chiefly bruited was, “The coffee isn't warm? Prof. S. B. Sumner. If there was a red-letter day to be found anywhere in the army life of a soldier,it occurred when he was the recipient of a box sent to him by the dear ones and friends he left to enter the service. Whenever it became clear, or even tolerably clear, that the army was likely to make pause in one place for at least two or three weeks, straightway the average soldier mailed a letter home to mother, father, wife, sister, or brother, setting forth in careful detail what he should like to have sent in a box at the earliest possible moment, and stating with great precision the address that must be put on the cover, in order to have it reach its destination safely. Here
XII. foraging. Can we all forget the foraging the boys were prone to do, As with problematic rations we were marching Dixie through; And the dulcet screech of chanticleer or soothing squeal of swine, When occurred the grateful halt or brief excursion from the line? Prof. S. B. Sumner. There was one other source from which soldiers — at least, some soldiers — replenished their larder, or added to its variety. The means employed to accomplish this end was known as Foraging, which is generally understood to mean a seeking after food, whether for man or beast, and appropriating to one's own use whatsoever is found in this line, wheresoever it is found in an enemy's country. It took the army some time to adopt this mode of increasing its stores. This arose from the fact that early in the war many of the prominent government and military officers thought that a display of force with consideration shown the enemy's property would win the South back to her allegiance to the Union; bu
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