Grab a Root!

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"Roots" The contraband soldiers called vegtables that grew in the ground, "roots."

"Embalmed Beef," or "Salt Horse" The contraband soldiers called tinned meat, "Embalmed Beef," or "Salt Horse." 

"Eggs on the March" Eggs left in their shell and cooked in the campfire ashes.

"Eaten on Faith" When there was nothing else: the men broke up weevil-infested hardtack and put it in their muckets: cups too big to be mugs and too small to be buckets. Boiling water poured over the pieces allowed the weevils to rise to the top where they could be skimmed off and the remainder "eaten on faith."

"Condemned Milk" Condensed milk came in tins. Canning food was a relatively new technology, sometimes with questionable results, thus, because of poor sanitary conditions, the condensed milk was sometimes more accurately described as "condemned milk."

Click here to read a brief excerpt from my book about these research findings.

A research grant to study slavery and the Underground Railroad in Kentucky inspired, "A Promise Moon." I alluded to, or drew inspiration from my findings as I wrote my latest novel which is set during the Civil War.


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