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Hardtack & Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life by [Billings, John D.]
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Hardtack & Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life Kindle Edition

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Length: 209 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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First published more than 100 years ago, Hardtack And Coffee is John Billings’ absorbing first-person account of the everyday life of a U.S. Army soldier during the Civil War.

Billings attended a reunion of Civil War veterans in 1881 that brought together a group of survivors whose memories and stories of the war compelled him to write this account.

It is set in November, 1860.

Lincoln has been elected as President of the United States.

The Democrats split into two factions, divided over the issue of slavery.

As early as October, Southern politicians decide that the state of South Carolina should withdraw from the union.

Georgia, Alabama, Mississipi are among the states who seceded from the Union, creating the South Confederacy.

On the 15th April, Lincoln issues a proclamation that will send 75,000 militia to suppress the rebellion for three months.

‘Hard Tack and Coffee’ is the story of one of those ‘Minute Men’.

John D Billings describes in rich detail the daily routine of a foot soldier as the Civil War developed.

Recruitment became conscription, provisions became rations, tents became ‘bomb-proofs’, and the muzzle-loading rifle became breech-loaded.

In this unique account, we are given the first-hand account of life as a Massachusetts soldier, from conscription and training through to camp-life at discipline.

First published in 1887, ‘Hard Tack and Coffee’ is a gripping military memoir that promises to deliver a new insight into the Civil War.

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Most histories of the Civil War focus on battles and top brass. Hardtack and Coffee is one of the few to give a vivid, detailed picture of what ordinary soldiers endured every day--in camp, on the march, at the edge of a booming, smoking hell.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3212 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1537600273
  • Publisher: Endeavour Compass (5 October 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01698O4E4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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