Muskets and Applejack: Spirits, Soldiers, and the Civil War

Muskets and Applejack: Spirits, Soldiers, and the Civil War

by Mark Will-Weber


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"I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals."
- President Abraham Lincoln, when confronted about General Ulysses Grant's excessive drinking.

Blood, gunfire, and whiskey: they are the three things that defined Civil War battlefields. In this fascinating, booze-drenched history of the war that almost tore America apart, historian Mark Will-Weber (author of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt) weaves together lighthearted stories of drunken generals and out-of-control soldiers with the gritty reality of battlefields where whiskey was the only medicine-and sometimes the only food.

Muskets and Applejack paints a full, complex picture of the surprisingly large role alcohol played in the Civil War: how it helped heal physical and emotional wounds, form friendships, and cause strife. Interspersed between stories from the battlefield are authentic recipes of soldiers' favorite drinks-from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621575092
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

The list of Regnery authors reads like a "who's who" of conservative thought, action, and history.

Table of Contents

Preface ix


Chapter 1 Rumblings of War and Early Days 3

Chapter 2 Bull Run Hangovers and Troop Trouble 29


Chapter 3 Applejack. Ironclads, and Shiloh 33

Chapter 4 Friends of John Barleycorn 57


Chapter 5 Mud Marches and Soaks 79

Chapter 6 On the Road to Gettysburg 91

Chapter 7 Vicksburg, Rumors, and Christmas 107

Chapter 8 Meanwhile, Back in the Capitals 121


Chapter 9 Drinks on the Sinking Ship 129

Chapter 10 General Whiskey 147

Chapter 11 Mighty Applejack 167

Chapter 12 Sherman's March to the Sea 177


Chapter 13 The End in Sight 185

Chapter 14 Burning Cities and Surrender 197

Chapter 15 The Hangover 215

Chapter 16 One Last Chaser 229

Epilogue 235

Acknowledgments 257

Bibliography 259

Index 275

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