Want to give your students a taste of what soldiers in both the North and South ate during the Civil War? These step-by-step instructions will help your students prepare a batch of hardtacks. I usually have a few students make them for extra credit, and then we share them in class with a cup of black coffee (they hate the taste, but they get the point). This activity also comes with a short overview of what food was like for the soldiers during the Civil War. This activity might not fit into the typical curriculum, but it is a great activity to help bring history alive for your students! Enjoy!