Rations for Lee/Richmond from the South in 1864


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The Commissary General sent Major William H. Smith, Commissary Service, on three extensive trips through the southeast in 1864 to improve the flow of government food supplies to Richmond and Lee. The first trip started January 18 and the last ended November 1. Smith wrote to his supervisor every second or third day and we have 40 of these letters in Smith's service records.

I've transcribed these letters (http://csa-railroads.com/Essays/Major_Smith's_Commissary_Reports.htm) and think many of you will find them interesting. Transportation was certainly an issue, but it turned out that the lack of funds to pay for the food was an even bigger problem.
 

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The Commissary General sent Major William H. Smith, Commissary Service, on three extensive trips through the southeast in 1864 to improve the flow of government food supplies to Richmond and Lee. The first trip started January 18 and the last ended November 1. Smith wrote to his supervisor every second or third day and we have 40 of these letters in Smith's service records.

I've transcribed these letters (http://csa-railroads.com/Essays/Major_Smith's_Commissary_Reports.htm) and think many of you will find them interesting. Transportation was certainly an issue, but it turned out that the lack of funds to pay for the food was an even bigger problem.
We know the soldiers weren't being paid. Lack of funds for other things had to be an issue too.
 

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