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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 01, 1864

Report on Food Contributed to War Effort by Georgia

The Richmond Times Dispatch reported on the foodstuffs Georgia had contributed to the war effort the preceding year.

Georgia Commissary General’s report. –The Commissary General of Georgia, in the past year, has succeeded in supplying the State Hoops, by purchase at comparatively moderate rates, and in no case has resorted to impressment. Among the supplies obtained are 61,785 pounds fresh beef; 13,853 bbls of flour; 125 bushels of wheat; 240,894 pounds meal; 258 bushels peas; 63,523 pounds flee; 17,034 pounds sugar; 8,075 pounds lard; 5,993 pounds candies; 12,054 bushels corn - in all of which, as well as the other stores, he reports a stock on hand. His disbursements were $615,555. In the way of salt operations he reports 84,394 bushels received from Virginia, at a cost of $182,545. He has distributed 40,994 bushels to soldier’s wives and widows, under the Governor’s order, dated July 31st, 1862, 8,812 to heads of families, 295 to other beneficiaries, and 20,035 to soldiers families, under the order of July 14, 1863. His salt account shows $341,660 expended, and $242,627.50 received from the sale of salt, and a balance from sales and appropriations still in hand, amounting to $121,687 50 cts.