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In Their Own Words

July 01, 1864

Soldier Complained about Cost of Food, Commented on Georgia War Situation

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife, glad that she had vegetables to eat, but complaining about the cost of food where he was near Petersburg. He also commented on the war situation in Georgia.

“…You spoke of having vegetables soon for dinner. I hope you may eat them till you get fat and weigh one hundred and seventy-five pounds. I can’t get any here, white potatoes is selling at from three to four dollars per quart, onions and eggs one dollar a piece, everything is out of all reason and still going upward, even apple dumplings is worth one dollar a piece… As for war news, I reckon you have plenty as the war has got down most to you. Here Grant will hold his lines around the city. We still confront him. … We still have confidence in Johnston but like you, we think he is very slow. He has been getting Sherman in a trap all spring and summer. I think it’s about time the trap would fall, at all events, I want the dead fall thrown ere he gets further south. …”

Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), p. 270.