overall: 4 in x 4 in x 3/16 in; 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm x .4318 cm
1861 - 1865
Small metal box to protect matches, two-piece lantern, metal frying pan, and cup. Hardtack.
A match safe, lantern, frying pan, and cup would have been part of a soldier’s equipment. Hardtack is the name given to a thick cracker made of flour, water, and sometimes salt. While it has been called by several nicknames, the Union Army of the Potomac referred to the ration as hardtack, and the name stuck. When stored properly, hardtack would last for years. Because it could be prepared cheaply and would last so long, hardtack was the most convenient food for soldiers. The army furnished hardtack by weight, but in most units the biscuits were doled out by number, with a ration generally being nine or ten.
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Civil War and Reconstruction
Virginia Dell Sours Atkinson, C. F. Ray Sours, and John A. Sours