When Foote first arrived in Charleston in late July the men were eating well, bacon and beef. It didn’t take much more than a week for the food and rations to fall short of the need of feeding such a large prison population in the city jail. Rations were “cut down” on August 7th. The next day (8th) Foote records, “One spoonful of lard & some worms. Bad rice issued today.” “Very small piece of strong bacon today (9th)”. By mid August the food conditions were abysmal, “We are now receiving the worst rations that we have had since I have been a prisoner, and are situated most uncomfortably in every way (Aug 14th).”
- Bible saved a Civil War soldier’s life at Sailor’s Creek
- How important was Union control over Kentucky and Tennessee during the Civil War?
- Recommended reading: “From the West . . . Where the War Was Decided”.
- Unveiling of new markers honoring escaped slave Robert Smalls
- Robert Smalls escaped aboard the CSS Planter exactly 150 years ago today
- Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson died 149 years ago today – May 10, 1863
- DEATH OF STONEWALL JACKSON – by Dr. Hunter McGuire
- CSS Georgia Ironclad to be recovered
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