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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 04, 1863

Diary Entry on Cool Weather, Scarce Food

Julia Johnson Fisher - staying in Camden County during the war - wrote in her diary of some unseasonably cool weather, and the scarcity of food.

A cold time since May came in. Almost a frost. The warm clothing that had been packed away was brought again into use. Fred came home and Gus too to get something to eat. The soldiers are poorly fed and we have been living for some days on milk, and rice. Today we had the first peas from the garden and with the addition of a little piece of bacon from Kate had a splendid dinner. I was very hungry and it tasted good. How rich we should feel now if we had plenty of bacon–once a despised dish. Now the greatest luxury. Source: Julia Johnson Fisher, 1814-1885 Diary, 1864