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James H. Clark, memoir

in reference to September 1862

“A few miles out of Frederick, sutlers lined the road, with wagons and stands full of goods. They charged and received exorbitant prices for everything which they had for sale, for soldiers had to live regardless of the cost. Rancid cheese was bought up eagerly at $1 per pound, and the thirsty soldiers paid a dollar each, or more than two days’ wages, for pint bottles of sour beer. Small sweet cakes sold readily for fifty cents per dozen, and hundreds were pressing and crowding up to the wagons, all striving to be waited on first.”


Name: James H. Clark

Unit: 115th Regiment New York Volunteers, Co. H

Document Information

Type: Memoir


  • Soldier Life/Camp Life

Event Location: Frederick City, Frederick Co., MD

Document Origin: N/A


Clark, James H. The Iron Hearted Regiment: Being an Account of the Battles, Marches and Gallant Deeds Performed by the 115th Regiment N. Y. Vols. Albany, NY: J. Munsell, 1865, 28-9.