Hardtack was a mixture of flour, water and sometimes salt which would be baked until it was hard as a rock for preservation purposes. Soldiers would have to soak it in water or grease in order to soften it before it was able to be eaten.
History: Cornelia Hancock, a young Quaker from New Jersey, was one of the first nurses to arrive at Gettysburg. She served as a nurse through the rest of the war, also caring for former slaves seeking refuge in Washington, DC.
South Carolina wanted to secede from the Union and the last straw for the south was the election of Abraham Lincoln. South Carolina was the first to secede. They set a date of December 1860 and voted in Charleston to leave the Union.
Atlanta, Georgia… Sherman’s Men Tearing Up Railroad Track. Photographed in 1864 by Barnard, George N. Sherman’s men marched out of Atlanta and tore up every mile of railroad track and almost every station.