A Beautiful Glittering Lie
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What does 'hardtack' mean?

Find out what hardtack means. Hardtack is explained by J D R Hawkins - author of A Beautiful Glittering Lie

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Hard crackers issued to Civil War soldiers by the military. The crackers, made of flour, water, and salt, were easy to make and transport, but they became hard as rocks and infested with bole weevils once they grew stale.

In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the term "hardtack is used as follows:

(Page 210)
Late that evening, the corps’ two brigades were positioned to advance through the narrow gap, which was only wide enough to allow for railroad tracks and a road. The steep, craggy sides prevented the Confederates from seeing in any direction but straight ahead. They chased the retreating Yankees, firing their rifles and muskets continuously while they pursued, the clatter of their guns echoing through the gap. The 4th was directed to climb the slope in an attempt to flank their retreating enemy, and after much difficulty, they succeeded at nightfall. The men bivouacked, where they sustained on hardtack and tobacco.

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Chapter 8: Chapter Eight
"...their rifles and muskets continuously while they pursued, the clatter of their guns echoing through the gap. The 4th was directed to climb the slope in an attempt to flank their retreating enemy, and after much difficulty, they succeeded at nightfall. The men bivouacked, where they sustained themselves on hardtack and tobacco. ..."

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