The Civil War in Missouri

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Folding Camp Pan

ca. 1864
MHM Collections

This metal camp pan or skillet can be compacted somewhat by folding the handle back over it. It was used by Mark K. Westcott of the 149th New York Volunteers. While it was not used in Missouri, it is typical of the type of cookware used by all Civil War soldiers. Frying pans were often carried or tucked away in knapsacks. Soldiers received a daily ration of meat, usually 12 ounces of pork, but often bacon or salted beef, which would have been cooked in these pans. Hardtack was also cooked in frying pans to drive out weevils that infested the hard flour and water biscuits.