Hardtack was the mainstay of the soldier’s diet during the Civil War.
Civil War Hardtack- 10th NY Cavalryman’s Estate. A three inch square piece of hard bread, as hard as the day it was issued. This came from the estate of Norman R. Gilford, Co. “D” 10th New York Cavalry.
Gifford enlisted on Oct. 1, 1861 at Ithaca, New York, and muster in Nov.2nd. He re-enlisted on Dec. 18, 1863, later transferring into the 1st New York Provisional Cavalry in June of 1865; mustering out at Cloud’s Mills, Virginia. He held the rank of commissary sergeant, then later First Sergeant in the 10th NY Cavalry.
The hardtack is mostly complete with some chipping as seen on front side. No markings. I purchased this from a collector, who obtained other items from this estate.
Very good- fine condition.