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Typical Rations - May/June 1862

General Order)                                                                                       HDQRS. WESTERN DEPT.
No. 72 )                                                                                      Tupelo, Miss., June 14, 1862

I. Genl. Order, No. 30, from these headquarters dated Corinth, Miss., May 19, 1862, are modified to read as follows: From this date, until otherwise ordered by the War Dept. the component parts of rations issued to the army will be as follows:

Pork or bacon to the ration - ounces 8
Salt or fresh beef - pounds 1
Flour or Cornmeal - ounces 24
Flour or hard bread - pounds 1
Beans or peas to 100 rations - quarts 8
Rice, in lieu of beans or peas - pounds 10
Coffee to 100 rations - " 3
Rye to 100 rations - " 3
Sugar to 100 rations - " 12
Molasses to 100 rations - quarts 12
Vinegar to 100 rations - " 4
Soap to 100 rations - pounds 4
Salt to 100 rations - quarts 2
Sperm candles to 100 rations - pounds 1
Star candles to 100 rations - " 1 1/4
Tallow candles to 100 rations - " 1 1/2


Eight ounces of lard may be issued in lieu of one ration of bacon or pork. Extra issues of fresh vegetables when practicable. Pork and bacon two days in seven, and fresh and salt beef five days in seven. The commutation price of rations until further orders will be twenty-five cents.

II. Under existing circumstances no officer's wife or family shall be permitted to remain with the troops in the field when within two days' march or 50 miles of the enemy.

By command of Gen. Beauregard

George Wm.Brent
Acting Chief of Staff

[OR 17-2-599,600]

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