Westport Historical Society Speaker Series: Bill of Fare: Civil War Rations
All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and remain closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.
The Westport Historical Society and the Westport Library present The Second Saturday Speaker Series: Bill of Fare: Civil War Rations.
Both armies struggled to keep their troops fed over the course of the war as most supply lines were stretched thin with thousands and thousands of men needing nourishment.
The Confederates, in particular, were hit hard by the Union naval blockade and the lack of resources for a continual source and supply of food. Considering the amount of marching by both armies, and the daily rigors of living in the elements, the average Civil War soldier from both the North and the South was malnourished and at times close to starvation.
Historian, Historical Consultant, Technical Advisor, Actor and Reenactor, Greg Higginbotham will bring a wealth of knowledge to the discussion of Civil War rations. Excerpts from authentic Civil War letters and diaries will explain the daily diet of the men in both armies.
Speaker's reception follows at the Harris-Kearney House, 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO.