Food shortages hurting south

The Confederacy faced a food shortage due to three factors: the drain of manpower into the army, the Union occupation of food-growing areas, and the loss of slaves to work in the fields. Meat became a once-a-week luxury at best, and even such simple foods as rice and corn were in short supply. Food prices skyrocketed. In 1861 the average family spent $6.65 a month on food. By mid-1863, it was spending $68 a month, if they could find any food to buy. The situation grew so desperate that in 1863 hundreds of women and children and some men stormed bakeries and rioted for bread