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In Their Own Words

April 16, 1864

Diary Entry on Rare Good Meal

Julia Johnson Fisher, staying in Camden County during the Civil War, received a brief respite from weather and from her hunger, but then had to resort to their stand by for dinner.

“The day dawns upon us more cheerily out of doors but the weather is still cold for the season. Had another corn cake and boiled rice for breakfast but Grace came over from Kate’s with a piece of drum fish and a bunch of radishes for dinner which was a great luxury. Providence does not leave us to starve in the wilderness–Yet like the Israelites we are continually murmuring. We have had lettuce twice from our garden. All the vegetables are backward–and hard to keep from frost. Crows, ground moles, hens and other things too numerous to mention. We plant and raise here under great difficulties. At supper we were obliged to fall back upon the rice and corn.”

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