Charlie came in again last week to share more about the Civil War. This time he brought his haversacks full of what a typical soldier would carry...food, a plate and fork, a tin cup, a piece of paper with their information on it (which was the equivalent of today's dogtags), bullets, canteen, etc. He made coffee in the old percolater (decaf!), hard tack, salt tack, and corn bread for the kids to try.
Here's Teressa trying to chew the hard tack. Very enthusiastic.
Saylor is covering her mouth as she found it all quite horrific. During the Civil War, soldiers would put their hard tack into their boiling hot coffee to soften it (and to kill the weevils!)
Jayde said the coffee tasted terrible. Everyone tried everything though and they were great sports. And then there was Johnny. Who wanted seconds on everything. I was seriously impressed. Did I mention that salt tack is salted pork fat?