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In Their Own Words

December 11, 1862

Civil War Soldier Wrote of Rare Treat

A Georgia soldier in Virginia wrote home to his wife; he had recently enjoyed a rare treat to eat.

“…I must tell you about one [letter] which one of the guard got last Saturday and what do you suppose it contained. Why it contained some butter, large yam potatoes, dried fruit and on Sunday, what do you think we had? Why we had on old fashioned sliced pie, yes, a great big sliced pie. I was chief cook and bottle washer and when it got done you ought to have seen me. I ate pie until I had to unbotton most all my clothes. I thought of A. Gray and his pudding and then we ate fruit and butter. It makes me feel good yet to think about it. It made some of the boys sick, C.B. Smith for one, and I think it will get him a furlough, that very pie, but, no, it did not get any furlough for me so if I can get some more potatoes I will try it again and if it is found out that Georgia potatoes will give furloughs I want you to offer your whole crop for sale for you can get a fine price for them. I believe I would take a few myself. …”

Source: Ronald H. Moseley (ed.), The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps. Army of Northern Virginia (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2002), pp. 87-88.