Union Army Soldiers Suffered Food Shortage

Last campaigns characterized by Union Army soldiers as a time of food shortages.


| Good Old Days


My grandfather was a member of an Indiana Volunteer company that served through the Civil War with the Union Army. He has often told of the food shortage for the soldiers during the last campaigns.

The Southerners burned all supplies they could not carry as they retreated. The farmers had so little for the quartermasters to confiscate, and supply lines were too long to provide for all their needs.

The soldiers were often so hungry that they would go to the feeding places of the mules and salvage the com knocked from their feed boxes. They washed the com and parched it on shovels held over the fires. Grandfather said it tasted better to him than the finest bread eaten in peace time.

Clarice Rhoads Green
Castle, Missouri




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