Civil War Hardtack This cracker was a Union soldier’s main ration. Popularly known as “sheet iron crackers,” they were notoriously difficult to bite into and chew. Unlike leavened bread, hardtack was quite durable and would keep for a veeeerrrry long time. This cracker was signed by two soldiers of the Eighth Pennsylvania Infantry and kept as a souvenir of their service.
"I reckon Atlanta is near about burned up. All the rail cars that were there were set on fire as we were passing through. They were loaded with ammunition such as cartridges and shell. I thought I had heard a noise before but never anything to equal that. The noise continued all night. We could see the light of the fire at day-break this morning.” -A. T. Holliday, September 2, 1864
TIL Doc Holliday's last words were "This is funny". He always figured he would be killed someday with his boots on and was looking at his bootless feet, amused, while a nurse attended to him and denied his request for a shot of whisky.