The "Killing Hogs" Suit


The excerpt below refers to the Federal prison, Camp Morton. It is worth noting that Southern Americans in Northern prison camps suffered a higher mortality rate than Northern Americans in Southern prison camps—despite being surrounded by plentiful food sources and medical supplies. This would imply that they were purposely denied these necessities of life as punishment for being Americans seeking political liberty and self-determination.

Bernhard Thuersam, Executive Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
Post Office Box 328
Wilmington, NC 28402

Why Rebels Wore Ragged Clothes:

"The legislators of Indiana and Governor Morton, with their wives and daughters, went on a visit of inspection to the prisoners in Camp Morton in 1864. The Confederates were called out for dress parade and were made to look as well as possible. This distinguished body rode in fine carriages. One lady had her carriage stopped about ten feet from the line. Opening the side door of the carriage and pushing her head out, she asked: "Why do you Rebel soldiers dress so poorly?"

Crockett Hudson of Eagleville, Tennessee replied: "Gentlemen of the South have two suits—one that they wear among nice people, and one that they wear when killing hogs, and that is the one in which we are dressed to-day."

She ordered the carriage to move on.

(Why The Rebels Wore Ragged Clothes, Elder J.K. Womack, Confederate Veteran Magazine, February 1913, page 58)