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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 03, 1864

Diary Entry on Poor Food and Missing Home

Julia Johnson Fisher - a woman staying in Camden County during the war - wrote in her diary of the poor diet available to them, and how much she missed her home.

By economizing the pig lasted us eight days. Now we are again without meat and on short allowance. Last night Mr. Fisher caught in a trap rice birds enough for supper. They are very small and without butter or pork to season are not very rich eating, but everything eatable is worth saving. The pigs are all poor and slab sided, look half starved. They cannot fatten on rough rice, it is miserable food, the horses refuse it. We long for the North. Englewood fills my waking thoughts, a snug comfortable kitchen (a thing unknown here) freedom from fleas and thousands of poisonous insects, good inviting food, such as we had been accustomed to having until this war broke out–and freedom–sweet freedom. Why did I not understand and price my liberty more. Source: Julia Johnson Fisher, 1814-1885 Diary, 1864