Food has already been a subject in Parham’s letters. He wrote on October 16, 1861 that I made Rice Pudding yesterday for dinner. On August 28, 1861, Parham wrote of wheat bread shortened with grease and coffee without milk and often without sugar and communicated in the same letter that he purchased melons.
Fresh produce was a luxury which was not always available. Another letter written home mentioned they were not permitted to forage for food. Inadequate nutrition was a problem during this conflict for soldiers; Robert Shaw whom he served with passed away from scurvy in August of 1862. The following intriguing link shows the foods eaten by Confederate and Union soldiers. The Yankees ate worm castles and desiccated vegetables while the Rebels sang about goober peas (i.e. boiled peanuts) wearing out your grinders.