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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 22, 1862

Appeal for Clothing for Soldiers

There were several items of interest in the Southern Banner of Athens on this day. One was a plea for donations of clothing for soldiers.

An Appeal for the Soldiers. Friends of the Soldiers:–Our hearts are moved with deepest sympathy by the sad and disheartening testimony which correspondents from the battle-fields have borne to the stern fact that the Army, whose heroic courage and enduring fortitude have repelled and conquered our country’s foe, is suffering for shoes, blankets, and other necessaries to its comfort. Shall we be selfishly indolent, with this cry of coming distress borne to us by the blasts which herald the approach of winter? … The Society, long involuntarily inactive, waits with willing hands and cheerful hearts to aid; requiring only material to give substantial evidence of its earnest sympathy. We appeal to you for contributions of blankets, shoes, socks, cloth or money; and pledge ourselves that the material shall be promptly made, and forwarded to the companies of Clark county. P. Thomas, Secy’ Ladies’ Vol. Association,

Another was an alternate way of preserving pork, in the absence of salt.

From the Countryman. Salt. Mr. John H. Traylor, in a communication dated Whitesville, Harris County, Ga., Sept. 27, 1862, addressed ‘To The Countryman,” through the Columbus Daily Enquirer of 3d inst., says:–“Having noticed your communication inquiring for Mr. Stubbs, and supposing you wished to know something further about his recipe for saving pork by an economical process, I have concluded to give a safe and economical one which has been tried in my neighborhood, with very satisfactory results: To 5 gallons of water, add 7 pounds slat 1 pint syrup, and 1 teaspoonful of pounded saltpetre. After the pork is cooled in the usual way, pack in barrels, and cover with the above mixture. Let it remain 4 or 5 weeks, and hang and smoke in the usual manner. This plan was tried last winter by Judge Alex B. Huey, of Harris County, Ga., in saving his entire crop of pork, with perfect success he having saved 4,500 pounds of pork with only 85 pounds of salt. I have eaten of the bacon, and have no hesitation in saying it is as well salted as any I ever saw.”