The Civil War: Soldiers Cooked Skunks to Survive

Great-uncle claimed meat of skunks was good eating.


| Good Old Days



Talk about Civil War days. I can still remember the one most interesting story in which my great-uncle played a part. He used to tell how they got hungry and cooked skunks and how good that meat tasted. He used to say "that when you get dam good and hungry, you can eat most anything."

Virgil Elstermeier
Marquette, Nebraska


Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then CAPPER’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from CAPPER’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 





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