Have you ever wondered what Civil War soldiers ate on the march? It might surprise you! While in camp, soldiers in the Union army could expect soft bread, fresh meat, vegetables, tea, coffee, and much more! However, when the army went on the march, a soldier could only carry so much. So in those cases, their food was much practical for the occasion. Now a soldier would receive their salted meat, hardbread/hardtack, coffee, and sugar.
In this activity you students will analyze a copy of a Union Army food Requisition or Provision Form from 1862 (If you would like a photocopy of the original that I have in my personal collection, feel free to contact me and I will send it to you!). They will also read a portion of John Billing's book, Hardtack and Coffee as a text supplement. You then have a few options for you students. There is...
-A blank vocabulary sheet that you can have students complete to learn the words of the text and the form.
-5 questions for students to answer and provide evidence from the form and the text.
-A document analysis sheet to have your students closely examine the Provision Form.
This product allows you to show your students that there was more to the Civil War than just battles and fighting. Soldiers always looked forward to getting their food!
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