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In Their Own Words

April 11, 1864

Diary Entry on Bad Meat and Worthless Confederate Money

Julia Johnson Fisher - staying in Camden County during the Civil War - wrote in her diary of getting sick from some bad meat, and of the virtual worthlessness of Confederate money.

“Mr. Linn killed a pig and sent us a piece. The first meat we have had in eight days–with the exception of a rice bird. We were all eager for our supper but the pig was so poor and green that it made us sick. I awoke in the night distressed with hives–my body was covered with rash. All have been busy since the fire picking up nails–it is said there are none in the confederacy. A few weeks ago they were worth $300 a keg, now more. Mr. Fisher and John are now hurrying to plant corn. The nights are so cold nothing grows fast. Sybil had a tedious ride to King’s Ferry. Kate bought a common calico dress for $120., ten yards. Merchants prefer to keep their goods until the new issue. This banking business is a great swindle. People who deposited gold for safekeeping are obliged to give it up for this confederate trash.”

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