Civil War camp life (talking points)

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of green coffee, 8 lb. of roasted and ground coffee, or 1 lb. 8 oz of tea; 15 lb. of sugar; 1 lb. 4 oz of candles, 4 lb. of soap; 1 qt of molasses. The marching ration consisted of 1 lb. of hard bread, 3/4 lb. of salt pork or 1 1/4 lb. of fresh meat, plus the sugar, coffee, and salt. Coffee was the main staple of the Civil War soldier, usually drinking 3-4 QUARTS a day...
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There usually was a Sutler attached to the armies, and from them you could buy things like tobacco, candy, tinned meats, shoelaces, patent medicines, fried pies, and newspapers, albeit at an inflated rate, and usually not the highest quality of goods. CAMP LIFE: The typical Civil War army camp was a place where the day would usually (when they weren't in battle) began at 5am, and after sleeping in an overcrowded tent with 20 or so other soldiers you got to get up and drill, usually 5 times a day for about 2 hours each drill...
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