Fort Delaware Prisoners Write

Ft. DE prisoners wrote.....of the cuisine of Ft. DE, there is not much to be said in praise. Two meals are served to us daily. Occasionally a mixture designated by our persecutors as soup and containing an ample sufficiency of maggots is doled out to us in pots.

Dinner was the big meal of the two. It consisted of precisely the same quantity of meat and bread with the addition of half a tin cup of slop which no man had the right to dignify with the name of soup. To the best of our judgment the ingredients were rotten water, rice hulls, white worms half an inch long, grit, nails, and hair, with now and then a grain of corn.

"Recollections: A True Story About (57th VA) Families During the CW" by Terry Wright

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