Food of the American Civil War Soldier

A great General once said "An army marches on its stomach." In the American Civil War though, the food wasn't exactly the best. Can you name the top ten things in their diet? Source: The History Buff's Guide to the Civil War, by Thomas Flagel
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Last updated: July 12, 2014
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The Most important of all; yet difficult to find clean supplies of
Water
The most common food; infamously nicknamed tooth-dullers, sheet-iron crakers and Worm castles
Hardtack
Primary source of protein; nasty smelling and nicknamed "sowbelly"
Salt Pork
An omnipresent starch; sometimes the kernels were used as currency in games of chance
Corn
When meat wasn't available, this was the first protein substitute
Beans
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The best source of protein; hard to maintain, target of foraging
Fresh meat
The one thing soldiers preferred over alcohol
Coffee
Robert E. Lee called them the Confederacy's "best friend"
Peas
Other source of protein, rotted even faster than the other one
Salt Beef
A rarity, but necessary to prevent scurvy
Fresh Fruit
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