In Their Own Words
December 04, 1864
Abundance of Forage and First Rice
Sherman’s secretary, Maj. Henry Hitchcock, wrote in his diary:
“Nineteenth day out Sunday, December 4, 1864… . Abundance of forage - chiefly fodder - hardly ever twenty minutes together out of sight of cornfields, though land is sandy and unpromising. No cotton today, as usual. That monarch [referring to King Cotton] is evidently an exile from the present from where he once reigned… . We stopped for lunch today in a rice-field by the road … the first we have seen.”
Source: M.A. DeWolfe Howe (ed.), Marching with Sherman: Passages from the Letters and Campaign Diaries of Henry Hitchcock, Major and Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers, November 1864-May 1865 (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1995), pp. 136-139.