It was no uncommon occurrence for a man to find the surface of his pot of coffee swimming with weevils, after breaking up hardtack in it, which had come out of the fragments only to drown; but they were easily skimmed off, and left no distinctive flavor behind.
If a soldier cared to do
A box of hardtack.|
so, he could expel the weevils by heating the bread at the fire.
The maggots did not budge in that way. The most of the hard bread was made in Baltimore
, and put up in boxes of sixty pounds gross, fifty pounds net; and it is said that some of the storehouses in which it was kept would swarm with weevils in an incredibly short time after the first box was infested with them, so rapidly did these pests multiply.
Having gone so far, I know the reader will be interested to learn of the styles in which this particular article was served up by the soldiers.
I say styles
because I think there must have been at least a score of ways adopted to make this simple flour tile
Of course, many of them were eaten just as they were received — hardtack plain;
then I have already spoken of their being crumbed in coffee, giving the “hardtack and coffee.”
Probably more were eaten in this way than in any other, for they thus frequently furnished the soldier his breakfast and supper.
But there were