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From Huntsville, Alabama, John N. Bradford, of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment, writes to his wife, Libbie Bradford, telling of the cost of food and the welcomed variety of food supplies for the army – March 31, 2014

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

From Huntsville, Alabama, John N. Bradford, of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment, writes to his wife, Libbie Bradford, telling of the cost of food and the welcomed variety of food supplies for the army.
Partial transcription of the letter:

Huntsvill Ala March 31st., 1864
Love
[…]this is getting to be quite a business place[.]  the citizens come 20 miles to trade[.]  some bring in Eggs & butter[.]  Eggs 30 cents per doz[,]  butter 50 cents per lb[.]  the rest draw rations…we will soon have the greatest variety we have  ever had in our department[:]  five hundred barles of potatoes[,] five hundred barles ionions[,] dried beef salt fish[,] Apples, peaches, and a great many other things[.]  the diserters are coming in very fast[;] there has been over one thousand come in here since we have been here[…]
From your
John


See whole letter: 1864-03-31_Bradford_combined

Citation: March 31, 1864. John P. Bradford Papers  1862-1864, 1928-1978. Genealogical and Civil War Materials, 1861-1864, Minnesota Historical Society [P1680 Box 7]

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