In Their Own Words
March 08, 1863
Civil War Soldier Wrote of Cooking from a Spider
A Georgia soldier writing home to his wife, recording some pleasant times in the period between campaigns.
“…Yesterday was our pickette day, but in the morning I was detailed to guard at the Brigade Headquarters and so I missed it this pass. I fared finely over at the Headquarters. We had a tent to sleep in, and we sent to the butcher pen and bought a beef liver and heart and borrowed a spider* and had some old time eating. We drawed a pound of beef to the man yesterday. It is a quite a treat for us, it having been three weeks since we drawed any. … I wrote you in my last about my pants, I have fixed them up finely. I had liked to have stalled on the pocket but I kept working on it till I got it all right. They are coarse but they are just the idea to wallow in in camps, and I got them in a good time, for my others were wearing off thin rapidly. I am all right in clothes now. … We had preaching today, the Chaplain of the 49th Ga. preached for us. He is an excellent preacher and preached a good sermon. …”
Source: Jeffrey C. Lowe and Sam Hodges (eds.), Letters to Amanda: The Civil War Letters of Marion Hill Fitzpatrick, Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998), p. 57.
- Note - in this case a “spider” was a frying pan with a handle and three long legs.