Hardtack and Coffee


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Hard Tack and Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life (1887) is a memoir by John D. Billings, a veteran of the 10th Massachusetts Volunteer Light Artillery Battery in the American Civil War. Hard Tack and Coffee is not about battles, but rather about how the common Union soldiers of the Civil War lived in camp and on the march. It covers the details of regular soldier life, including enlisting, how soldiers were sheltered, Army rations, offenses and punishments, a day in camp, boxes from home, foraging , the army mule, hospitals and ambulances, clothing, breaking camp and marching, and other similar topics. Billings has been described as a skillful writer, both humorous and informative. The historian Henry Steele Commager called the work "one of the most entertaining of all civil war books". - Summary by Wikipedia (11 hr 42 min)

Chapters

Introduction and Chapter 1 - The Tocsin of War 32:40 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 2 - Enlisting 14:19 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 3 - How the Soldiers Were Sheltered 29:10 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 4 - Life in Tents 19:54 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 5 - Life in Log Huts 29:33 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 6 - Jonahs and Beats 33:58 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 7 - Army Rations 59:45 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 8 - Offences and Punishments 36:02 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 9 - A Day in Camp 58:56 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 10 - Raw Recruits 36:24 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 11 - Special Rations - Boxes From Home - Sutlers 27:17 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 12 - Foraging 36:50 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 13 - Corps and Corps Badges 41:05 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 14 - Some Inventions and Devices of the War 18:18 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 15 - The Army Mule 32:55 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 16 - Hospitals and Ambulances 34:02 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 17 - Scattering Shots 21:39 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 18 - Breaking Camp - On the March 38:27 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 19 - Army Wagon Trains 51:40 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 20 - Army Road and Bridge Builders 24:24 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 21 - Talking Flags and Torches 24:53 Read by Maria Kasper