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More Civil War Curiosities – Part III

Things got hectic this week and I missed my regular posting day, so here’s a quickie post.

Among the supplies Union soldiers demanded, coffee was high up on the list. The beans were first ground into a fine powder, mixed with sugar and milk, which formed a thick paste. Add a cup of hot water to a spoonful of the paste and you have coffee on the go.

This was a crude precursor of what later would become instant or dehydrated coffee.

Source: More Civil War Curiosities by Webb Garrison

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3 Comments

  1. Susan, I had no idea! What an interesting tidbit. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love these little tidbits about the war, Caroline! It’s a fascinating book!

  3. That is so interesting, I never knew that!

    Nic

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