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W.J. Cashin Hardtack, made in Gettysburg, PA
W.J. Cashin Authentic Hardtack
The name derives from the British sailor slang for food, "tack." During the American Civil War, 3-inch by 3-inch hardtack was shipped from Union and Confederate storehouses. Some of this hardtack had been stored from the 1846–1848 Mexican American War.
The most popular dish in both armies was actually quite similar. Northerner troops called it “skillygallee” and it was a mixture of crumbled hardtack and fried pork. The southern version of this dish combined cornmeal, fried bacon and water. The Confederate soldiers called it “coosh.
With insect infestation common in improperly stored provisions, soldiers would break up the hardtack and drop it into their morning coffee. This would not only soften the hardtack but the insects, mostly weevil larvae, would float to the top and the soldiers could skim off the insects and resume consumption. At Regimental Quartermaster, we promise to ship you your hardtack WITHOUT the weevils (weevils cost extra).
Some men turned hardtack into a mush by breaking it up with blows from their rifle butts, then adding water. If the men had a frying pan, they could cook the mush into a lumpy pancake; otherwise they dropped the mush directly on the coals of their campfire. They also mixed hardtack with brown sugar, hot water, and sometimes whiskey to create what they called a pudding, to serve as dessert.
Union 2nd Lieutenant enjoying a piece of Hardtack with his coffee.
Known as "tooth-dullers",
"bread bricks", "weevil hotels", and other derogatory terms, hardtack provided a passable way to issue the bread ration to troops.
Made in Gettysburg, PA.
Our package includes 12 hand-made 3"x3" pieces.
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