Coffee On The Battlefield

“Nobody can soldier without coffee,” wrote one Union soldier in his journal during the American Civil War, a sentiment that appears to ring true across almost two centuries of armed combat. As part of their Hidden Kitchens series, NPR explores the importance coffee played in three American conflicts: The Civil War, the Vietnam War, and Afghanistan.

During the Civil War, only Union soldiers had access to coffee, as the North had blockaded the Southern ports. But since the Confederate soldiers had tobacco, both sides would often exchange goods when they weren’t actively battling one another. The love of coffee was so omnipresent on the battlefield that in 1859, Sharps Rifle Co. created a rifle with a hand grinder built into the butt of the gun. – read more – http://sprudge.com/coffee-battlefield-brief-american-history-105623.html

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