By Stephen V. Ash
A yr within the South is ready 4 usual humans in a unprecedented time. They lived within the South in the course of 1865 -- a yr that observed struggle, disunion, and slavery cave in to peace, reconstruction, and emancipation. One was once a slave made up our minds to achieve freedom, one a widow fighting poverty and depression, one a guy of God and planter’s son grappling with religious and worldly problems, and one a former accomplice soldier looking a brand new lifestyles. among January and December 1865 they witnessed, from very various vantage issues, the loss of life of the previous South and the beginning of the hot South. Civil battle historian Stephen V. Ash reconstructs their day-by-day lives, their fears and hopes, and their frustrations and triumphs in bright aspect, telling a dramatic tale of genuine humans in a time of significant upheaval and supplying a clean point of view on a pivotal second in heritage.
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By early 1865, some 1,400 Rockbridge citizens were on the dole. 15 What worried a lot of people in Rockbridge about the food shortage was not only the suffering it caused but also the desperation. As the winter of 1864–65 went on, there were more and more reports of food theft in the 34 W INTER county. Among the victims was one of Lexington’s prominent families, the Pendletons, who were good friends of Cornelia: on a stormy night in late February someone broke into their smokehouse by ripping away the back wall and stole thirty slabs of bacon.
The production process began at the wells that were bored in the mucky ﬂats to a depth of a hundred feet or so and lined with cypress wood. Steam-powered pumps, mounted on tall scaffolds erected over the wells, sucked the brine to the surface and spewed it into wooden troughs that carried it to the furnaces. There were at least four furnaces at the state works, great brick contrivances thirty or forty feet long, with towering chimneys. They were fueled by vast quantities of wood, cut in the surrounding forests.
Later, as Lou was serving the noon meal in the headquarters’ dining room, Brooks asked him how he had done with the tobacco. “I did very well,” Lou replied. ” Brooks questioned him a little more, then drew out pencil and paper and did some ﬁguring. His own salary was a meager $150 a month in rapidly depreciating Confederate money. After the meal, while Lou was clearing the table, Brooks came in from the veranda where he had been smoking with the clerk and made a proposition: he would order all the tobacco Lou could sell if Lou would split the proﬁt with him ﬁfty-ﬁfty.