BlackBerry raid Cooking...

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The Blackberry Raid may have been lost to history but this guy writing about the 15th Connecticut regimental history wrote about cooking during the Blackberry Raid... Fried catfish...


The regimental history of the 15th Connecticut Infantry included short accounts from its veteran members, and Charles D. Barnes of Company B submitted a story about “The Blackberry Raid.” His writing reveals several different foods cooked or prepared by the soldiers during their march, including a gourmet version of hard tack and fried catfish.
 

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The Blackberry Raid may have been lost to history but this guy writing about the 15th Connecticut regimental history wrote about cooking during the Blackberry Raid... Fried catfish...


The regimental history of the 15th Connecticut Infantry included short accounts from its veteran members, and Charles D. Barnes of Company B submitted a story about “The Blackberry Raid.” His writing reveals several different foods cooked or prepared by the soldiers during their march, including a gourmet version of hard tack and fried catfish.
That's an interesting tale I haven't heard before! But, Napoleon was right - an army travels on its stomach, whether it's upset or not. A P Hill's famed Lightning Division attacked a large watermelon patch with gusto and actually decommissioned itself with...digestive problems. It was about a week before they could fight again! Jeb Stuart and his scouts discovered an abandoned farmhouse which apparently had just been abandoned. One scout said he thought he saw food in the pantry - Stuart gave him a boost up to the window and he'd seen right. There was all manner of baked goods, pies, cakes, buttermilk, butter...so Jeb shoved him all the way into this pantry. They got a lot of rich food and...digestive problems. Jeb's boys were out of commission for only a couple days but it was still embarrassing! Forrest usually had a good number of his cavalrymen laid up with diaherra, which was a very common problem due to poor food. In fact, he promoted his surgeon to a major general when the good doctor figured out a potion to get the guys back in the saddle really fast.
 
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