Category Archives: Blockade

March 15, 1865: Coffee substitutes again

As we’ve seen, the blockade caused at least one really severe hardship, a lack of coffee. Here’s yet another substitute. It’s no wonder they surrendered. SOUTHERN BANNER [ATHENS, GA], March 15, 1865, p. 1, c. 4 Substitutes for Coffee. Editor … Continue reading

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May 14, 1864: The John Henry of the loom

DAILY CONSTITUTIONALIST [AUGUSTA, GA], May 14, 1864, p. 1, c. 1 A Mississippi Girl!—The Brandon (Miss.) Republican states that Miss Nancy Neely, daughter of Mr. James Neely, of Rankin county, wove twenty yards of cloth on Friday last, between sunup … Continue reading

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February 18, 1864: Caring for the troops, and their families

In Albany, GA families of soldiers are given staples at a reduced price. In many areas, as we’ve seen, the wives of absent troops rioted for food. Meanwhile, for those with the resources, instructions on how to knit socks for … Continue reading

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February 16, 1864: Starvation parties, and southern resolve

Richmond sees gaiety despite the lack of luxuries. According to one observer, southerners are in good spirits, and expect their fortunes soon to turn. CHARLESTON MERCURY, February 16, 1864, p. 1, c. 5 The “Starvation Parties” in Richmond as Seen … Continue reading

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February 5, 1864: Who needs salt?

Salt supplies were particularly missed in the Confederacy. The Union rightly viewed salt as an essential war materiel, as it was necessary for preserving meat for the soldiers, and destroyed salt works when possible. In Georgia, women took to the … Continue reading

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February 3, 1864: Raise vegetables

Food is running short in the Confederacy, so the Richmond Daily Dispatch reprints an item from another paper advising the planting of collards. White people can eat meat; you can keep your slaves alive on greens. Raise vegetables. –We commend … Continue reading

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January 20, 1864: Coffee and substitutes

The Charleston Mercury reprints an item from Scientific American about coffee. It contains some bad news for Southerners affected by the blockade, I’m afraid. All the various substitutes for coffee that we’ve seen advocated are devoid of caffeine, which is … Continue reading

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December 25, 1863: Christmas under the blockade

The Richmond Daily Dispatch finds a bright side to a Christmas celebration in circumstances straitened by the lack of Northern goods and imported libations. How the black inhabitants celebrated is left to the imagination. Christmas day, in this city, was … Continue reading

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July 3, 1863: Reed the pirate

The rebel privateer Reed, captain of the Caleb Cushing, was captured in Portland by the Union. A letter to the New York Times urges harsh punishment for him. To the Editor of the New-York Times: Now that Uncle Sam has … Continue reading

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March 30, 1863: Another food riot in the south

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports another food seizure by soldiers’ wives in Georgia. This time the Dispatch seems to have dropped the sarcastic tone of earlier reports. Another Female impressment. –The Atlanta (Ga.) papers state that a few days since … Continue reading

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