Franklin, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederate Commissary Center
Swimming in Bacon
Vast amounts of supplies were brought here from east of the Blackwater River during Confederate Gen. James Longstreet’s April 1863 Suffolk Campaign. “We just swim in bacon,” one Texas soldier recounted, “and all of the time we have an immense wagon train hauling out bacon, corn, wheat, flour and great droves of beeves.” Most of the supplies were sent on to Richmond and helped sustain Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army in 1863.
The Unionist mayor of Edenton, North Carolina, lamented that the Blackwater-Chowan corridor provided the Confederacy as much as ten million pounds of bacon and pork. A brisk trade also flourished along the Blackwater between Confederate and Union soldiers,
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 40.461′ N, 76° 55.166′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and South Street, on the left when traveling south on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin VA 23851, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Blackwater Line ( here, next to this marker); Battle of Franklin ( a few steps from this marker); The Barretts: A Franklin Pioneer Family ( a few steps from this marker); The Age of Steam ( a few steps from this marker); War Comes to the Blackwater ( a few steps from "Can't Is Not in the Camp's Vocabulary" ( a few steps from this marker); The Age of Gasoline ( a few steps from this marker); Recovery and Progress ( a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
More about this marker. On the right are two period photographs captioned, “The Confederate and Union commissary departments each stockpiled and distributed enormous quantities of supplies and maintained large herds of cattle to furnish the soldiers fresh beef. The unsavory byproducts of slaughtered beef (heads and horns, left) and a small part of the vast Federal supply depot (above) at City Point were photographed in Aug. 1864." – Courtesy Library of Congress
Also see . . . Civil War Traveler - Tidewater Virginia - More Sites. Franklin area. Battle of Franklin and Franklin During the War. (Submitted on May 18, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,353 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on November 13, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.