Thursday, November 26, 2015
Bacon & Bread.
Bacon, coffee, sugar, salt, hard bread!
Basic subsistence diet of the soldier that that period of the American Civil War.
"Where be them supplies and be quick about it!"
"I wish you to collect a train of 120 wagons . . . and send them to Grand Gulf; and there load them with rations, as follows: One hundred thousand pounds of bacon, the balance coffee, sugar, salt and hard bread . . . it is unnecessary for me to remind you of the overwhelming importance of celerity in your movements . . . The enemy is badly beaten, greatly demoralized, and exhausted of ammunition. The road to Vicksburg is open. All we want now are men, ammunition, and hard bread. We can subsist our horses on the country, and obtain considerable supplies for our troops." - - Grant to Sherman.
Once more from the television documentary "The Civil War" that allegation Grant during the Vicksburg Campaign broke off his lines of supply when crossing to the east side of the Mississippi, foraging off the land freely much in the manner as Sherman did one year later in Georgia, devoid of conventional supply trains.
This one more instance of historical inaccuracy?
"Grant's Vicksburg Supply Line, Myth or Fact?" By Parker Hills
GRANT HAVING CROSSED TO THE EAST SIDE OF THE MISSISSIPPI TO AN EXTENT LIVING OFF THE LAND BUT NOT SO EXCLUSIVELY SO!
Parker Hills eminently qualified to comment on such matters: "During his 31 years as a Regular Army and National Guard officer; Parker Hills served in various command and staff positions in the United States and overseas. Hills retired with the rank of brigadier general in 2001."
Southerners of the period [American Civil War] generally give Grant high marks for his generalship.
Beans, bullets, and eat your own horses when necessary. Who cares to ride a horse anyhow when you can walk?