The Role Of Cooking In The Southern Army

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In the Southern army you weren’t as lucky. Union soldiers kept coffee, flour and other goods from getting to the South. Those wanting a cup of coffee had to make do with substituting it for peanuts, rye, peas, and dried apples, or anything else they could find. Cooking can be quite hard when you don’t have any pots or pans so both armies had to be resourceful. In the Southern army you made something called “sloosh” you were given cornmeal and bacon. You would fry the bacon which left a lot of grease then you would take the cornmeal and swish it around in the grease to make dough. Then you would stretch it into a snake and wrap it around the ramrod of your musket and cook it over the fire. The roll came out blackened but edible. Just barely.
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