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During the Civil War, Union soldiers loved this drink so much that it appears more frequently in their diaries than the words “rifle,” “cannon,” or “bullet.” Best of all, it made William McKinley a hero. In September 1862, at the Battle of Antietam, 19-year-old McKinley ran under heavy fire, hauling vats of it to his grateful comrades. One officer recalled that once the boys got the beverage, “it was like putting a new regiment in the fight.” What drink made William McKinley a hero?

Answer: Coffee

Category: Culinary Battle Field: FAQ
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