Tag Archives: rations

12 October 1864: “We are drawing light rashions here.”

Item Description: A letter written by Christopher Wren Bunker to his family from prison. It describes some of the conditions at prison, as well as some illness he has suffered. He served in the Confederate Army in eastern Tennessee and western … Continue reading

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4 April 1964: “I believe the pickle was appreciated the most.”

Item description: Letter, dated 4 April 1864, from Peter M. Grattan to Mary E, Grattan.  Peter writes from Orange Court House, Va. about picket duty and camp life in general.  He also thanks her for a box of provisions and asks … Continue reading

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3 April 1864: “I am glad Dixie is learning to sing and I wish it was summer, so he could hear other birds sing.”

Item Description: Letter, 3 April 1864, from James Gifford to his parents, describing the burning of Cape Lookout lighthouse, the rations on his ship, his duties, and how to “take snuff” like a Southern lady. Gifford, a United States Navy paymaster steward, … Continue reading

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18 March 1864: “He is…I recon enjoying himself as well as could be expected with his arm off.”

Item Description: Letter, 18 March 1864, from Calvin Leach to his sister Louisa, updating her on his infantry’s movements and the conditions at his camp. Leach was born in 1843 and served as a church clerk in Montgomery County, N.C., before … Continue reading

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25 February 1864: “… they are used for paving stones & are calculated generally to last ‘3 years or during the war'”

 Item description: Letter, dated 25 February 1864, from Edward W. Allen to his parents.  In this letter, Allen describes activities at Camp Randall, Wisconsin, including a description of hardtack, friends in the Hospital, and sending photographs to friends and family. … Continue reading

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1 February 1864: “One of the 48th Regt was executed last Monday for desertion and 3 of the 46th Regt on Saturday”

Item Description: Letter dated 1 February 1864 by James A. Graham to his mother. He writes about soldiers being executed for desertion from the army, his hopes of furlough, meal rations, and reports about Yankee movements. Item Citation: Folder 3, … Continue reading

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3 January 1864: “Tha have cut our rashions down to a quarter of a pound of bacon and one pound of flower…”

Item description: Letter, dated 3 January 1863, from Jesse Miller to William and Mary Proffit of Wilkes County, NC.  He describes sickness, cold weather, and food rations in his camp. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 4 in … Continue reading

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2 November 1863: “… some talk as if Ham was a going to attack Corinth but that is mere talk – unadulterated nonsense.”

Item description: Entry, dated 2 November 1863, from the diary of Samuel A. Agnew, an Associate Reformed Presbyterian minister and farmer in northern Mississippi.  He discussed his personal activities and the potential movements of General Bragg and General Rosecrans. [transcription … Continue reading

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14 October 1863: “The President has been here for some time…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 14 October 1863, from Lafayette McLaws to his wife.  He discusses a visit from President Jefferson Davis, family affairs, weather, and troop movements. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 8 of the Lafayette McLaws … Continue reading

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7 April 1863: “I woald be glad for the ware to come to eand and we cold cone home.”

Item description: Letter, dated 7 April 1863, from William Sprinkle, located near Fredericksburg, to Thomas Poindexter.  This letter is part of a collection of material that was owned by John R. Peacock and transferred to the Southern Historical Collection in the … Continue reading

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