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Report from quartermaster of the MN 1st regiment addressing the reports of inadequate food and supplies for the 1st regiment – July 31, 1861

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

Report from  George H. Woods, Quartermaster of the 1st MN Regiment, to MN Adjutant General Col. John B. Sanborn.

[…]  “Second – as to food –
The Army Regulations allow as a ration ¾ of a lb of pork or bacon or 1 & ¼ lbs of fresh or salt beef, 1 lb & 2 oz of flour or bread, or 12 oz of hard bread, and at the rate to 100 rations of 8 qts of peas or beans or in lieu thereof 10 lbs of Rice, 10 lbs of Coffee, 15 lbs of Sugar, 4 qts Vinegar, 1 ½ lbs of Candles, 4 lbs Soap & 2 qts of salt.  Our Regt has always had, since one just came to Washington, the full amount of the above rations.  They, having been drawn for 5 days at a time, with the exception of fresh bread and fresh beef, which are always drawn upon the day of consumption.  Whenever the Regt has been so situated that it could be done the Regiment has had fresh bread every morning which has been about ½ of the time as near as I can ascertain from a hasty examination of the provision returns.  Fresh beef is intended and is generally issued twice a week.  Upon an examination of the above you will perceive that the Government furnishes a liberal supply of food and in some of the companies when they have been prudent and economical they have saved quite a Company fund.” […]

Citation:  July 31, 1861 Official Report from the  Quartermaster of the First Regiment,  Letters Received–1st Reg. 1861. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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