Food Shortages

Three Reasons and $68

Three Reasons and The Union Plays Part in Two

There are three main reasons the Confederacy is facing a food shortage. One, the power and amount of men in the army has decreased immensely. Two, the increase in food-growing in the Union. Three, the slaves are escaping which leaves less people to take care of crops. Food is scarce, therefore, prices are up.

Let Them Eat Rice, Oh Wait...

Skyrocketing Prices

Over the two year period from 1861 to 1863, the average cost a family spends per month on food has gone from six dollars to about sixty-eight. Meat is very scarce. The most popular foods of corn and rice are even hard to find. That is if food can even be found. The money situation is causing riots of women, children, and even men to protest as they do not know where their next meal is coming from.