June, 1865, the inmates of Rock Island were subjected to starvation and all its attendant horrors.
I know that this charge was denied by the officers of that prison at the very time the atrocity was being perpetrated.
God may forgive whoever caused the deed to be done, but surely there is little hope for whoever denies it now. The following is a copy of a circular from the Commissary General of Prisoners, dated June 1st, 1864.
It is the ration ordered for each prisoner per day:
Pork or Bacon10 ounces, in lieu of fresh beef.
Fresh beef14 ounces.
Flour or soft bread16 ounces.
Hard bread14 ounces, in lieu of flour or soft bread.
Corn meal16 ounces, in lieu of flour or soft bread.
Beans or peas12 1/2 pounds,to 100 rations.
Or rice or hominy8 pounds,
Salt3 3/4 pounds,
Now all this means only bread and meat--sixteen ounces of the former, and fourteen ounces of the latter; and we will add one-hundredth part of eight pounds of hominy.