Civil War Hardtack Ration

I’ve wrote before about my grandfather Jesse Archer and that his obituary mentions how during the Civil War, he stole from mule feed bags on pain of harsh punishment to supplement his severely reduced daily ration.  After watching this guy try a 153-year old piece of hardtack, I understand why the mule’s food was probably looking pretty good.  It just really put it into perspective for me a bit more.

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