attempt it, you would scarcely credit me. . . . . We were fed upon about half a pound of corn-bread, made of very coarse unsifted meal, or, instead, one pint of corn-meal of the same quality, two or three ounces of beef or bacon, a pint of cooked beans or rice; if the beans or rice were issued raw, we would get about half a pint.
When our rations were issued raw, each man would get twice a week a pine stick of about one inch in thickness and two feet long.
With this he was expected to cook a week's rations, while all around us were huge pine-trees,—to be seen, but not reached.
A brief journal was kept by Tebbets
during his imprisonment at Andersonville
, which will aid our conception of the scenes that were there witnessed.
July 30, 1864.—Captured by the Rebels near the town of Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia.
They took my hat, money, &c., and marched me, with fifty others, to town, and confined us in a warehouse.
July 31. —Received a small quantity of bread and meat.
August 1.—Searched to-day, but nothing was taken from me. At ten o'clock received a piece of bread as large as my two fingers.
Took the cars and travelled twenty-three miles to Eastport, where we stopped all night till five o'clock, A. M. Searched again.
August 2.—Took the cars for Andersonville, sixty men in a tight box-car, only one door open, with no water and with nothing to eat.
August 3.—Reached Andersonville at noon; stripped and searched again, then marched inside the “ Bull Pen,” a nasty, filthy place of thirty acres, containing thirty thousand men; no filth removed; dead men carried out at all hours.
After marching over the place, White and myself, with two others, found a place to pitch a tent; most of the boys have no shelter at all; drew some corn-bread and rotten bacon.
August 4.—Not very well to-day; the trip on the cars disagreed with me. Weather hot and dry. The guard shot a man to-day for crossing the dead-line.
August 5.—A shower, and very hot.
August 6.—Not well to-day; took a good bath in the creek; got some coarse bread and little meat; no appetite; very warm night.
August7.—Had a good night's sleep, notwithstanding the weather; took a bath and washed my shirt and drawers, the only