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What is a alcohol drink that soldiers would have drank during the early to mid 1800's?

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01/23/2009

Cider, of varying types based on the locally available produce(but most often apple), was a common drink. It would be fermented either with or without the addition of sugar or other sweeteners(the sweeteners would increase the alcohol content to around a maximum of 12 to 14% abv(alcohol by volume)). This was both purchased by and produced by soldiers on both sides, especially while in camp, as it is very easy and helps to while away the time, both before and after fermentation is finished.

Also common were whiskey, bourbon, Scotch, wine, brandy, gin, and other distilled beverages. Beer was also made, though usually locally, and was more common after the Civil War than before.

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