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In Their Own Words

April 06, 1864

Diary Entry on Lack of Meat and High Prices

Julia Johnson Fisher, staying in Camden County during the Civil War, confided to her diary on their lack of meat, the exorbitant costs of basic items, plus the low value of Confederate money.

“We still eat our rice and corn three times a day. No meat. We are surprised to find how comfortable we can be with so little. Surely, man’s necessities are small. Mr. Linn came home on ten days furlough. He says that flour is $300 per barrel–Men’s coarse boots $250.00. He bought a bottle of squills for $5.00 and a pound of soda for $5.00 for sybil. We had letters from Julia with $70.00 for me and $50.00 for Sybil, for old clothing. Money not worth shucks. We can neither spend it nor keep it. It will be good for nothing after the first of July. This currency business is a perfect swindle. Kate sent over for Sybil to go to King’s Ferry with her tomorrow. The weather continues cool. It has been an unusually close winter–from the breathings of the northern snowhills.”

Source: Julia Johnson Fisher, 1814-1885 Diary, 1864