Re: Growing up in the 19th century
Having grown up participating in the maple sugaring process I can well understand the soldiers missing the chance to eat the warm sugar crystals and syrup. For the fun of it we tapped and "sugared-off" several gallons of sap every March (which in comparison boils down into very little of the final product), and would eat a lot of the sugar "plain"...it's better than you might think.
I've also read several accounts of the finding of the "red ear"...to my understanding it helped "liven" up the cornhusking parties in the fall, and if found by an individual meant what Elisabeth Clark mentioned above.
Anyway, thank you, Linda, for sharing that account! It was much appreciated!
Miss Lisa-Marie Clark
Long, long years have passed, and though he comes no more,
Yet my heart will startling beat with each footfall at my door.
I gaze o'er the hill where he waved his last adieu,
But no gallant lad I see in his faded coat of blue.