Earlier this afternoon, I posted an over-the-transom article "Hungry People in the Wartime South," written by Joan E. Cashin of Ohio State University and recently published in Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War's Ragged Edges. (I think that's a crazy-good title, though this reviewer disagreed.)
Dr. Cashin knows how to nail a lead. In that fine essay, she defines hunger by telling the story of Morton, a young white boy from Scott's Hill, Virginia, who curbs his appetite with rat pie, made from filleted rodents, baked in a pan lined with dough.
On this Monday afternoon, as I look toward dinner and plot a last minute market stop, the reality of war time rat pie resonates.