Taste Test of Actual Civil War Hardtack Baked in 1863 for the War

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Rudyard

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'Liverpool pan tiles' beats starving, interesting angle on hard tack real ' living history' research . Rudyard
 

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This guy, eh?! It’s strangely satisfying watching him eat decades old food.
 

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Unique video, but destroying a civil war rarity is a real shame. At least he saved half of it and the wrapper for the museum. Back in 1984, when Vince Nolt sold off his fabulous "Eagle Museum" collection, he auctioned off two unwrapped original Hard Tack biscuits for $120 with 10% buyers premium and 6% Pa sales tax. Quite an expensive collectable even back then!
 

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Unique video, but destroying a civil war rarity is a real shame. At least he saved half of it and the wrapper for the museum. Back in 1984, when Vince Nolt sold off his fabulous "Eagle Museum" collection, he auctioned off two unwrapped original Hard Tack biscuits for $120 with 10% buyers premium and 6% Pa sales tax. Quite an expensive collectable even back then!
The guy regularly donates stuff to museums from the rations he tests, collects and videos. The making of the video itself is a form of preservation, as many of these rations are just going to disintegrate after an amount of time anyway, and to have video evidence of how they tasted, were supposed to be prepared, how they lasted and what they looked like is as important as saving the artifacts themselves.

He talks about that process in numerous of his other videos. Unfortunately the only one that I have found so far that goes back to muzzleloading days is this one. The next oldest one is of a British ration from the Boer War, and yes, he did eat it,
 

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for some strange you cannot pull away from watching him eat that old kitchen tile! he has got FORTITUDE!!
 
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