18450Re: [MO salt-works]
- Jun 9, 2003Hank, watched a real interesting thing on TV once about how local
iron-making traditions in Africa died out because of the inability to
keep up with the charcoal demand [what they had to use], the trees
would just get all cut down, too. This was a "local peoples" thing,
they would be able to make some simple tools from iron ore. The
film-makers talked some of the old guys into showing how they did it,
and they produced some iron. Durned interesting, how the charcoal got
hot enough [isn't supposed to get hot enough] was a mystery till
these old-timers showed them the technique.
-Do you know where the salt was headed, Hank? Fetched a good price in
the Confederacy but I wonder about what they could get otherwise.
--- In email@example.com, "hank9174" <clarkc@m...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jack Hultquist"
> Jack, your excerpts are always interesting.
> Another item that impresses me is that in 186x, virtually all
> and heating was done with wood. For armies on the march the wood was
> necessarily green and smoke terribly.
> In the early days of steamboating, woodcutting parties were put
> ashore every night to replenish fuel. Every night, they'd cut the
> next days supply of fuel. As wood along the riverbanks became
> the costs of steamboating rose.
> Another anecdote is of the Boonslick salt works in central Missouri.
> The sons of Daniel boiled the flow from a saltwater spring to
> salt. The hard work was supplying the wood for the fire. They
> eventually went out of business from the fact that virtually every
> tree in the county had been cut and burned for the salt works and it
> was costing more for the gathering of the fuel than they could gain
> for a bushel of salt. The spring, remanants of the works and
> cauldrons are now a park.
> > From Harrison B. Talbert's
> > 1862 letters,
> > Third Indiana Battery
> > Otterville, Missouri, January 23, 1862
> > We also have to haul our wood about a mile and do our own cooking
> etc. I will tell you what we draw from the commissary daily, beef
> or bacon, hominy, beans, rice, soap, and 1 candle to a squad,
> vinegar, [and] salt. We have the priviliege of drawing flour or
> crackers [hardtack] which [ever] we please. We draw enough of this
> to make plenty for us to eat and as long as we get plenty of this
> I'll not grumble. I for got, we get plenty of sugar and coffee. Our
> squad has divided off into 3 messes, me George and 3 others is in
> mess. Our cooking utensils, dishes, etc. consists of 2 camp
> 1 frying pan, 1 tin bucket, 2 big sheet iron dishes, a tin plate a
> peice, and some sort of a smashed up tin cup a peice. Some have
> spoons, and some having no k[n]ives or forks. I have a fork, knife,
> and spoon altogether which I paid 1.50 for.
> > Jefferson City, Mo. May 2 ond / 62
> > You needent to bother about sending us any eatibles of any kind
> it might cause us to founder ourselves [disabled by excessive
> as we are not use to any such nick nacks. And since we have been
> here at Jeff City we have had plenty of bakers bread. We draw the
> flour and get the baker to bake it on the shears.
> > Jefferson City, Cole County, Mo. May 4th / 62
> > You may ask the question why I dident go to church or to see
> [in the hospital]. The reason I dident is this, I have undertook to
> cook for the squad (about 20 men) and cooking and doing my duty
> me busy nearly all the time. I dont get but little time to write in
> the day time I have to write of knights.
> > Jefferson City Cole County Mo, May the 24th 1862
> > I am going to express about twenty dollars home. You may look for
> it at the express office at Shelbyville about the last of next week
> (the first of June). The reason I dont send more is this, the boys
> hasent all paid me for cooking. [.....]. The reason I have delayed
> writing so long is this, since I have been cooking I have been kept
> so busy that I wrote just as few letters as I could handily make do,
> just answering all that I received.
> > Was cooking part of Harrison's official duties and or something he
> did for additional cash?
> > The way he wrote on May 4 and May 24, 1862 it sounds as if cooking
> was something in addition to his normal battery duties:
> > May 4 - "cooking and doing my duty keeps me busy nearly all the
> > May 24 - "the boys hasent all paid me for cooking"
> > This June 26 letter reads as if the cook was also responsible for
> putting up the shade over the tables.
> > Jefferson City, Mo June the 26th /62
> > And the wind blew nearly all our tents down, and all the shades
> that was over our tables and horses except the one that I put up, it
> stood the storm.
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