Hardtack corn chowder was one of the many recipes that the troops made in camp. Troops in camp would gather in smaller groups "Mes Mates" and pull together their resources and cook what they had put together.
6 Pieces of hardtack
1 Cup Milk
1/4 Salt pork
1 Large onion, peeled and diced or sliced
2 Cups water
4 Large potatoes, diced
1/4 Tsp. salt
2 Cups corn, sliced off the cob
Take your hardtack and place into a large bowl. Add your milk and soak overnight until soft. Cut salt pork into cubes and brown over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft. Then add the potatoes with the water and cook until the potatoe are soft. Add your hardtack with the milk and remaining ingredients. Bring up to a boil and then serve to your hungry pards.