During the Civil War one of the most common meals for soldiers was a cracker-like food called hardtack. Hardtack is made from flour, water, and salt. It was known as “sheet iron crackers” or “tooth duller” because it was so hard. It also was known for getting wet, which allowed mold to grow in the boxes of it that were supplied to the Army. In addition, insects would sometimes lay their eggs in the hard tack giving it the nickname, “worm castles.” Hardtack was important for the men to eat- it gave them energy they needed, and it was a big piece of their diet- so they tried to find all kinds of different ways to eat it. This piece was once part of a G.A.R. museum collection and has red, white, and blue silk ribbons tied around. Measures: 3” x 2 ½”. A nice piece of the soldier’s staple diet.
Comes housed in 6 inch x 8 inch riker display case with black velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: VET 242 / Sold