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[233] Charleston sent blankets to the sick and a quantity of tobacco for distribution among the prisoners. This came in very well, since there were hardly one hundred chews in all our number of six hundred.

One of our number was very fond of the weed. He had come into possession, on one occasion, of some fine navy tobacco, which he felt obliged to use economically. After chewing a mouthful all day he would put it away carefully at night and chew it again the next day. On the third day the wad was dried and smoked by another one of our number.

In the hold of the boat I discovered a quantity of beans. The sight of them made me hungry. I at once determined to carry some back to the stockade. Fortunately, I had with me a carpet-bag, which I secretly filled with the beans and managed to convey to our tents unobserved.

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