A letter was posted on another board written by a Confederate Captain in the NC Cavalry. Written in January 1863 from Kinston NC, he describes the difficulty of obtaining food for himself, his men, and the horses. This rather surprised me, as I know the area well, it's very agricultural. So here we have an example of a shortage of food in an area one might consider abundant. I am not disputing your observation, it's a valid point. Hopefully others will come forth with further information.So when exactly was there not enough food in the South to feed the pows?
For those not familiar with the Fort Macon campaign, the Federals were successful in Eastern North Carolina and the Confederates in Kinston were opposing any further advance.