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In Their Own Words

November 10, 1862

Military Life Compared to Hog Life

A Georgia Civil War soldier writing home to his brother described military life using a barnyard comparison.

“…Well, George, you ought to be here with us to help us live hog-fashion. We eat and sleep hog-fashioned, but we are getting very accustomed to it, though we are living like a king [compared] to what we done in Kentucky. We sometimes had to eat parched corn and broiled beef, but it ate mighty good after we got used to it. …”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 195.