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The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl 1864-1865

"We have nothing but ham, ham, ham, every day, and such crowds of company in the house, and so many lunches to furnish, that even the ham has to be husbanded carefully. It is dreadful to think what wretched fare we have to set before the charming people who are thrown upon our hospitality. Ham and cornfield peas for dinner one day, and cornfield peas and ham the next, is the tedious menu. Mother does her best by making Emily give us every variation on peas that ever was heard of; one day we have pea soup, another, pea croquettes, then baked peas and ham, and so on, through the whole gamut, but alas! they are cornfield peas still, and often not enough of even them. Sorghum molasses is all the sweetening we have, and if it were not for the nice home-made butter and milk, and father's fine old Catawba wine and brandy, there would be literally nothing to redeem the family larder from bankruptcy."

Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl 1864-1865 (New York, D. Appleton Co., 1908), 248-49.

Creator Frances Andrews
Context Andrews lived in the South during the war.
Audience Herself
Purpose To chronicle her experiences during the war

Historical Significance

Born into a prominent, slave-holding Georgia family in 1840, Frances Andrews chronicled life on the homefront as General Sherman's Union forces marched through the state. She spent much of 1864 and 1865 living with an older sister whose husband was absent, fighting in the Confederate Army. The diary was published more than forty years later.

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