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In Their Own Words

December 04, 1864

Abundance of Forage and First Rice

Sherman’s secretary, Maj. Henry Hitchcock, wrote in his diary:

“Nineteenth day out Sunday, December 4, 1864… . Abundance of forage - chiefly fodder - hardly ever twenty minutes together out of sight of cornfields, though land is sandy and unpromising. No cotton today, as usual. That monarch [referring to King Cotton] is evidently an exile from the present from where he once reigned… . We stopped for lunch today in a rice-field by the road … the first we have seen.”

Source: M.A. DeWolfe Howe (ed.), Marching with Sherman: Passages from the Letters and Campaign Diaries of Henry Hitchcock, Major and Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers, November 1864-May 1865 (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1995), pp. 136-139.