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Flying Camp Rations Broadside, 1776

U.S. National Archives

U.S. National Archives

The Revolutionary War rations promoted in this broadside included one pint a day of spruce beer, a drink made from spruce tips and molasses thought to prevent scurvy. For colonists not fully motivated by cries of “Freedom,” the promise of generous rations was a major incentive to enlist.

National Archives, Records of the Veterans Administration

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