[Music] in our past episodes we’ve covered what a soldier would do with is his daily ration his ration of one pound of meat one pound of bread is his a little bit of beer and a little bit of milk but a number of journals and Diaries of soldiers suggest that extreme want famine was much more common than plenty in Jeremiah agreements diary he speaks of one occasion during a Quebec campaign here we were in a miserable situation nothing to eat but dogs here we killed another I got some of that bye good luck and with the head of a squirrel and a parcel candle wicks I boiled them up together which made a very fine soup without salt and here we made a noble feast without bread or salt thinking it was the best that I’d ever had eaten and so I went to sleep contented on another occasion he wrote this morning when we arose many of us were so weak and we could hardly stand and we staggered around like drunken men and I happened to get a pint of water that a partridge had been boiled in in Joseph’s plum Martin’s book he relates one story about a Thanksgiving where their entire ration was nothing but a Jill of rice and a tablespoon of vinegar that’s what we’re gonna cook today a Jill of rice is about a quarter of a cup here I’ve got two man’s rations I bit a good Providence I I came on to this bit of candle I’ll add it to our feast and finally we’ll add our tablespoon of vinegar because we have no salt [Music] happy Thanksgiving Josh we realize this is a departure from our normal theme but we just wanted to give you a taste what it was really like for soldiers in the 18th century here’s to better days Josh the clothing the personal items the utensils you’ve seen here today these things are available in our print catalog on our on our website make sure to check out our youtube channel in all the different videos we’ve got and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook [Music] you

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  1. THIS is what I always wanted to know about history, I could not care less about battles and court intrigues. I wanted to know about every day life and for some reason a whole university of history professors never got around to telling me what I really wanted to know. LOL

     I checked out so many books that were supposedly about every day life but mostly they were just snippets and a few journal entries.

    Now there is the internet and I finally my curiosity is assuaged.

  2. I own several knives to the pattern shown. They are mostly made in Pakistan in  sweatshops and the people are happy to sell to us. The workmanship varies a lot but all that I have bought are serviceable. The soldiers would most likely have used the larger size and may well have done without a sheath knife to reduce the weight they carried. A few men in a unit would have carried a hatchet or an ax for cutting wood to burn, make shelters, hurdles or whatever.

  3. I have watched several of your videos now and was surprised by this one. However, as a man sensitive to the sacrifice that our soldiers have made for this country, I found it especially touching to see it, and be reminded that it was not the great adventure some may have imagined it to be. Thanks for the reminder of our soldiers sacrifices.

  4. Man what the revolutionary soldiers would have given for even just one MRE a day… Or some Mountain House freeze dried Meals… Just think.

  5. Thats a very sad video,
    but the truth is good to know no matter how bad. May be things can change for the better by knowing, yet as a combat vet of vietnam and looking at today and all the vets who are treated like low class bums, our govt not only forgets them and the job they did to keep, so called America free, the dirty dangerous work is over, thousands killed, and they dont need us anymore, they throw us out like trash and then take our young sons & daughters to another war, when over they again will use the same process as in the past.
    We are a ungrateful nation, some day i hope we wake up!!

  6. You should specify that tallow candles are made from rendered fat and were quite edible and as in this video would actually have been a quite beneficial source of fat in an otherwise bare diet.

  7. To be clear, the candles back then were tallow candles, probably not paraffin or beeswax, right? So they would have had SOME kind of nutritional value.

  8. I was recently watching a show that told the story of Horatio Gates march to Camden, South Carolina. The story goes that his men were so starved, they ended up using hair powder to thicken stew made out of stringy beef and green corn. What was hair powder made out of back then and is there any other accounts of it being used for food?

  9. That sad fiddle music is appropriate for a blustery winter day with a jill of rice and a tablespoon of vinegar.

  10. John…

    while this is indeed a departure from your normal video style, I enjoyed it. you should include more of this style of video so that those who are learning and wanting to become reenactors can get a feel of what the lifestyle was like.

    I appreciate all of your videos.

    chat soon, my friend.

    Delphi, Indiana

  11. How did people store food stuffs while on the March? Did they just wrap things in cloth and stick them in there haversacks?

  12. Hello JT&S. I just came across this video and I like it, I wish very much you could make more of them. The reason I like it is simple- taking great comfort from very little. I think that with everything in turmoil a few folks could use a touch of gratitude.

  13. I remember hearing of the soldiers at valley forge boiling moss and lichen to eat for dinner. I've heard of this before, but I've never had the stones to try it out. have you ever tried anything similar?

    love the videos, keep up the fantastic work.

  14. This is an honest look at the hardships the soldiers in the 18th century had to endure.

    I enjoy your videos, please make more.

  15. Very good of you to share this! I thought I recognized it! It is from the journal of Pvt. Joseph Plumb Martin and this was their thanks giving meal in 1777. I don't remember the candle stub . . . that's all they had . . . sniffs

  16. Would these famines last through until spring or what? I'm mean it's very educational reenacting the lifestyles prior to modern day plenty.

  17. While this video is a departure from the theme of the series, I am very glad that you included it. Life back then was not easy for soldiers, farmers or Natives. It took a lot of hard work to provide just the basic necessities for survival. Famine was a very harsh reality. If there were a bad harvest or other disaster struck, it could be a death sentence.

  18. I spent 5 years in the Marines and I thought that was bad. My life was luxurious compared to the troops who fought for the independence of our country. Watching this makes me appreciate more the sacrifices they made.

  19. Nearly made me cry just thinking about that being the only thing you eat that day. These men truly sacrificed everything and endured so their grandchildren and great grand children would taste freedom and liberty. We should never forget what was put on the line to build this great country. Thank you for this video and bringing this perspective to life.

  20. From a Journal of a Revolutionary Soldier:

    The winter has set upon us and the rations that we get are bare and for the most cases unpalatable. The salt pork being moldy from long storage and the flour more bugs than wheat.

    This morning the entire company arose in the bitter cold to search the woods for what manner of edibles they could find. Around midday three or four of the company came upon that damnable fiddler who was keeping us awake all night and set upon him. They thoroughly trounced him about the head and drove him off. Hopefully we shall enjoy peaceful slumber tonight.

  21. This was a great video to add into the mix. I hope you keep sprinkling them in with your regular videos. I think it's good for us to know what life was really like back then and these are short and poignant.

  22. This is fantastic! I'm a avid viewer of your channel and a proud new patron. I just wanted to say that you're a great actor and you should absolutely do more productions of this kind.

  23. Oh wow! Thank you for this video and the trouble of having to eat the rice, wax, and vinager (it doesn't sound very tasty). This was a very eye opening.

  24. I actually had a thanksgiving like that. I had meat stripped from chicken bones someone threw away after they were done eating, oatmeal, and 1 piece of bread with a scrape of peanut butter.

  25. when i get back home from training i get depressed if i don't find a decent meal at home , Imagine what eating that ''ration'' would do a marching soldier or a soldier in combat ,

  26. How could it have been Thanksgiving? There was no Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. (at least on a national level) until the late 19th century.

  27. I used to drive through Valley Forge National Park every day on my way to and from work. And seeing the old cabins and knowing the stories of what the Revolutionary Army soldiers went through, the privations they suffered always went through my mind, especially in the winter months with snow covering the hillsides. We lived so close to the park that we spent many, many, many hours hiking the trails and exploring everything we could. It was like living with history.

  28. Thank god for comments. I was thinking as I watched this…wax!?…but now I recall wax was mainly made from tallow then.

    I do love this video. People always go on and on about the battles, but the real struggles of war were often spent outside a battlefield. This really made you understand the struggles of starving soldiers more then a professor telling you that rations were meager for said soldiers. =)

  29. the revolutionary war is painted as this grand and heroic thing but war is never like that and this video showcases that perfectly most men in washingtons army were lucky to wake up the next day what with all they had against them the cold famine malnutrition and disease. british lead was probably welcome at least you know how it would kill you and when.

  30. I added a glade potpourri candle to my gill of rice. I should have never dropped out of culinary school.

  31. I wish the history of our Revolution were taught more accurately in schools. What is taught doesn't do justice to the sacrifices made by those who fought in the Continental Army, and, it glosses over the brutal atrocities committed by the British. 99% of what I know comes from reading & researching on my own, and, visiting lots of historic sites. I have the good fortune of living in NJ, the "Crossroads of the Revolution", so, there are sites within easy traveling distance. My favorite is Washington Crossing Historic Park, where Washington crossed the Delaware. Just to stand in the same places, and, walk the same paths as those heroic men, is an incredible feeling.

  32. the colour of the uniform mean't nothing, every soldier wanted food, shelter and warmth in sub zero temperatures. These people respected each other.

  33. Wonderful video. Thank you for the realistic look at the hardships of life in that era. This is one of the really meaningful lessons everyone should learn while studying history.

  34. Thanks, was feeling bad about myself because I'm between paychecks. To think what those who fought to establish our republic went through. We owe so much to people we never knew.

  35. Thank you so much for these and the pemmican series! I'm working on a post-apocalypic novel, and I wanted to know what kinds of things people could use for food on a long journey that could be grown or otherwise sourced locally that could also be easily carried and would keep well. Really great references.

  36. I have a nephew that just turned 16. His self "entitled" persona would leave him for dead within hours. The younger generation does not understand HISTORY REPEATS and they are DOOMED.

  37. That's the sort of thing our first American soldiers endured. Not gonna lie — getting to see even a short reenactment like this, even down to the part where one had mere strips of clothes in place of shoes…man…

    Came here for the cooking but got kicked in the feels. Respect your veterans, folks.

    And Townsends'? You guys keep doing what you're doing. Stay awesome.

  38. this is a great way to show what things were probably like. would love to see more of this in your current line up.

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