United States Civil War veteran John D. Billings' Hard Tack and Coffee first hit the best-seller list way back in 1888, and has ever since been considered by historians to be a peerless source of information about the humdrum lives of soldiers fighting in one of the most brutal periods of conflict in US history.
Jim Roberts takes care to draw out Billings' characteristic humor in his performance of this work, clearly articulating Billings' tales of his day-to-day life and activities as a Union soldier. This work may be of special interest to Civil War reenactors, who will find it full of vivid details about the mundaneness of a soldier's life beyond the battlefield.
©1992 Jimcin Recordings
"His account is often full of humor as he describes soldiers' rations, fights with lice, and camp songs. Narrator Roberts does a good job overall." (AudioFile)
I enjoy history so this was very enlightening regarding the lives and trevails that our soldiers on both sides had to endure. There were many hardships that I don't think people understand in modern times. Gives lots of insite on how we lived and defended our nation during the Civil War.
I purchased this title expecting to get a plain, matter-of-fact account of the day-to-day life of a civil war soldier. I was not disappointed.
If you are at all intrigued with the civil war and would like to hear a good first person account, you can probably "soldier" through this, but keep in mind there was no attempt made to make this material interesting to the average person.
The reader was as dry as the content.
The information was very complete, which is why I give it a high rating.
this book is an essential book for anyone who is interested in life of the Union civil war soldier. I am a reenactor and have re read this book several times in hopes to understand every little aspect of army life between 1861 and 1865.
Really damn interesting.
The story told of many details about day to day life in the Union Army that I didn't know. Interesting stuff.
A decent tone of voice.
It's not really a good book for a film, unless it was a documentary.
I most liked the detail told largely through anecdotes of such a vast array of aspects of soldiering. Anyone wanting to know what army life was like, from the plight of horses, mules, pigs and cattle to the burying of the dead would like this account. The depth would no doubt be too much regarding some topics for some; however, others with a broad interest would seldom if ever abandon a chapter before its completion.
Yes. There was alot of intersting information and quite a different prospective than most history books
The reader could have made the listen more intertaining if he had sounded like he was interested in the material his self.
The editing could have been much better. At the end of every chapter the last word was cut short and spliced into the first word of the next chapter.
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