The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 233
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Texas and the Confederate Army's Meat Problem 233
The soldier, himself, was much more concerned with what
he was issued in the way of meat than with how it was packed
or by whom. And luckily the boy in butternut west of the
Mississippi fared generally very well. He might complain of
the quality of the beef given him, but rarely of the quantity,
for he usually had plenty.3" As the war dragged on and the
east suffered more and more, the troops in the west continued
in moderate comfort. Texas, as late as January of 1865, had
abundant herds of beef, but the commissary officials found that
they were hampered in getting them because the people refused
to accept the currency which the commissaries were forced
The foregoing evidence clearly shows that the trans-Missis-
sippi Department-of which Texas was the major part-could
have been of immeasurable help to the eastern Confederacy
had the two been in direct communication. It would certainly
be too much to claim that such communication might have
turned the tide in favor of the South, but it is not too much to
say that it would have been of great instrumentality in pro-
longing the conflict.
36MS. Letter, E. Jefferson Lee to "Sister Sallie," Aug. 26, 1864. In Mrs.
Sallie Lee Boner's collection, see supra, note 3; also B. I. Wiley, The Life
of Johnny Reb, 95.
37MS. Letter, Maj. W. H. Thomas to J. B. Magruder, Jan. 11, 1865. Reid
Collection, Confederate Army Papers, L. S. U. Archives.
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