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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 21, 1864

Diary Entry on Search for Food

Julia Johnson Fisher again recorded in her diary of her family’s search for food.

We are short on allowance today. A saucer of rice and skim milk for dinner. We shook a half pint of cream in a glass jar and thus have produced our first butter–perhaps a small tea cup full and we are to have some rice cakes for supper. Gussie has come from camp to help us. He says the confederates have burnt Mr. German’s house and mill at King’s Ferry to prevent the lumber from going to the Yankees. Mrs. Linn and baby thrive well. She has nothing to live on but corn meal and rice; but she is very uncomplaining and bears all patiently. We are making inquiries of all we see if there is anything in the shape of edibles to be found in the county; but nobody knows of anything–not a point–The pickets are living on field peas and rice, and the animals are suffering. There is money enough and nothing to buy. Source: Julia Johnson Fisher, 1814-1885 Diary, 1864