In Their Footsteps: Feeding the Army

Many of you may have followed me in 2010 and 2011 when I lived as a Union soldier for two weeks in winter quarters (and 2 blizzards) and marched 230 miles as a Confederate soldier for two weeks from Virginia to Pennsylvania.

Well, I’m at it again and this time I won’t be marching (my feet were numb for months after the last march). As we speak, I’m constructing two masonry bread ovens near the cabin I stayed in. On April 21 through May 5, I will attempt to bake bread in these ovens to “feed the troops”.

What is this based on?

In the summer of 1864 as the Union army prepared to lay siege to the city of Petersburg, Virginia, the need to supply bread to the thousands of troops in the Army of the Potomac was becoming critical. Lieutenant General U.S. Grant ordered that bread ovens be constructed at City Point, Virginia, as the Union Army’s main supply base on the James River. With new bread ovens in full production, over 100,000 loaves of bread were baked daily to meet the army’s needs. The process of supplying the troops was so efficient that many troops on the front lines received their bread rations while they were still warm.

I’m hoping that people will sponsor each loaf of bread ($8 each) or any amount. All the bread baked will be sent to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for distribution to area soup kitchens and rescues.

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