How Long Did Hardtack Last?
I'm curious to know how long hardtack could last in an edible state.
I read an account once about soldiers in the Spanish-American War being issued hardtack that was left over from the Civil War. It's been too long since I read about that, and I don't remember the source, and I'm not sure if it was serious or a spoof.
But I did read somewhere just yesterday that archaeologists have found baked unleavened bread that was thousands of years old. I don't recall reading that they ate any of it though.
"I am not a general, nor the son of a general, but having been right on the ground for four years, feel that I am entitled to an opinion." (William E. Bevens, First Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.)