I doubt whether one man in ten, before the war closed, would have used the lactic fluid in his coffee from choice.
Condensed milk of two brands, the Lewis
, was to be had at the sutler's when sutlers were handy, and occasionally milk was brought in from the udders of stray cows, the men milking them into their canteens; but this was early in the war. Later, war-swept Virginia
afforded very few of these brutes, for they were regarded by the armies as more valuable for beef than for milking purposes, and only those survived that were kept apart from lines of march.
The milk ration.|
In many instances they were the chief reliance of Southern families, whose able-bodied men were in the Rebel
army, serving both as a source of nourishment and as beasts of burden.
When the army was in settled camp, company cooks generally prepared the rations.
These cooks were men selected from the company, who had a taste or an ambition for the business.
If there were none such, turns were taken at it; but this did not often happen, as the office excused men from all other duty.
When company cooks prepared the food, the soldiers, at