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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (163 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John D. Billings Narrator: Edward Lewis Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Throughout history, from antiquity to the present, service in the armed forces of one’s country has provided an almost endless source of material to entertain and even enlighten listeners. Military life has usually been a unique and peculiar experience for most civilians exposed to it. Originally published in 1888, Hard Tack and Coffee is the fascinating account of the everyday life of a footsoldier in the US Army of one hundred years ago. John Billings describes all aspects of a soldier’s life, including living quarters, foraging, wagon trains, offenses and punishments, equipment, transportation, food, hospitals, and much more. This is a detailed, comprehensive, and highly absorbing resource on the common soldier’s life in the Civil War army.

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  • “One of the most entertaining of all Civil War books.”

    Henry Steele Commager

  • “Billings not only presents his own experiences but also describes what he learns from other soldiers. His account is often full of humor as he describes soldiers' rations, fights with lice, and camp songs.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob | 6/24/2012

    " This is a good look at the "nut 'n bolts" of the Union operation. This is not about the fighting but about the everyday operations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lewis | 3/3/2012

    " Brilliant summary of the common infantry soldier's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Derrick | 12/15/2011

    " I have a first edition of this book, a gift from someone very special to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob | 12/21/2010

    " This is a good look at the "nut 'n bolts" of the Union operation. This is not about the fighting but about the everyday operations. "

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