Southern Food Shortages

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A Personal Voice: Mrs. Roger A. Pryor

“As she raised her hand to remove her sunbonnet, her loose calico sleeve slipped up, and revealed a mere skeleton of an arm. She perceived my expression as I looked at it, and hastily pulled down her sleeve with a short laugh. ‘This is all that’s left of me!’ she said. ‘It seems real funny, don’t it? . . . We are going to the bakeries and each of us will take a loaf of bread. That is little enough for the government to give us after it has taken all our men.’”

—quoted in Battle Cry of Freedom

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

DUE TO THREE FACTORS

  • The drain of manpower in the army
  • The Union occupation of food-growing areas
  • Loss of slaves to work in the fields