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).”