Tuesday, March 23

CIVIL WAR FOODWAYS QUERY

I am a history professor, working on a book on civilians in the South during the Civil War. The book covers all civilians, white and black, male and female, and the theme is the struggle for material resources. There will be a chapter on food, hunger, and the increasingly desperate struggle for food, especially after 1863. I have done research in many manuscript sources, such as diaries, letters, newspapers, recipe books, the WPA Narratives.

Does anyone know of any oral traditions or family histories that mention the experience of hunger during the War? Or the memory of hunger after the War ended? I would appreciate any information, Joan Cashin, Dept. of History, Ohio State, cashin.2@osu.edu.