Hardtack and Coffee; Or, The Unwritten Story of Army Life: Including Chapters on Enlisting, Life in Tents and Log Huts, Jonahs and Beats, Offences and Punishments, Raw Recruits, Foraging, Corps and Corps Badges, the Wagon Trains, the Army Mule, the Engineer Corps, the Signal Corps, Etc

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G.M. Smith & Company, 1887 - United States - 406 pages
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Review: Hardtack and Coffee or, The Unwritten Story of Army Life

User Review  - Haley Whitehall - Goodreads

Hardtack and Coffee is one of my go to reference books in my Civil War library. It explains every facet of a Civil War soldier's life from entertainment in camp to discipline. This book is a must have for every Civil War historian and historical fiction writer. Read full review

Review: Hardtack and Coffee or, The Unwritten Story of Army Life

User Review  - Kris Pate - Goodreads

I finished this book with the feeling that I had somehow been a fly on the tent of a union soldier. Very interesting perspective and educational for the reader that enjoys reading about human nature during conflicts and true historical accounts. Read full review

Contents

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Page 200 - I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies whomsoever, and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the rules and Articles of War.
Page 332 - How happy could I be with either, Were t'other dear Charmer away!
Page 296 - Came through the jaws of death, Back from the mouth of hell, All that was left of them, Left of six hundred. When can their glory fade? Oh, the wild charge they made! All the world wondered. Honor the charge they made, Honor the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred!
Page 240 - Negroes who are able-bodied and can be of service to the several columns may be taken along ; but each army commander will bear in mind that the question of supplies is a very important one, and that his first duty is to see to those who bear arms.
Page 240 - As for horses, mules, wagons, etc., belonging to the inhabitants, the cavalry and artillery may appropriate freely and without limit; discriminating, however, between the rich, who are usually hostile, and the poor and industrious, usually neutral or friendly.
Page 296 - Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die, Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
Page 200 - I, , do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies...
Page 382 - Xerxes commanded two other bridges to be built, one for the army to pass over, and the other for the baggage and beasts of burden.
Page 224 - And have marched and fought in all kinds of weather, And hungry and full we have been ; Had days of battle and days of rest; But this memory I cling to, and love the best — We have drank from the same canteen.
Page 239 - The army will forage liberally on the country during the march. To this end, each brigade commander will organize a good and sufficient foraging party, under the command of one or more discreet officers, who will gather, near the route...

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