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TAG : forage

For the Love of Hay

Now that hay season is over (for most of us) and the fields are spent, it’s time to reflect on what the fields had to offer. Did our plowing, tilling, seeding, fertilizer, and hard work pay off? The proof, of course, is in the hay. Is it tender, filled with tasseled grasses, and ...

Armies Forage for Food During the Civil War

My grandfather fought in the Civil War, leaving behind his wife and several small children. It is well-known how both the Union Army and the Confederate Army had to forage for food. One day a runner came to my grandmother's home saying word had come that an army was coming, taking any food they ...

The Civil War: Grandfather Serves as Forage Master for Confederate Army

My grandparents told me many stories of the Civil War. My grandfather fought with the Confederate Army under General Robert E. Lee. For a time, he was a forage master and went to the home of my grandmother's parents in Virginia foraging for food and feed for the horses. It was during this line ...

Civil War Soldiers Forced to Forage for Food

My grandfather was a Civil War veteran, having enlisted in the 100th Illinois Regiment. He used to tell us of being so exhausted and hungry. They had no food supply trucks, camp kitchens or even cooks. They had to "forage" for their eats. He got a chicken, and as time was short before they had ...