Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Seeing as how it's lunchtime,

and seeing as how we had an earlier post about eating cicadas, this might be of interest also. Jim Smith sends along an interesting historical note:

I ran into something while reading last night that I thought you might enjoy. I found a book on the everyday life of the Civil War Southern soldier. Given you former hobby, this might be of interest to you, although your eras were different.

However, what really caught my eye was a quote from a Rebel soldier, concerning the food. G. L. Robinson wrote to his sister in a letter dated 15 January 1864, after helping to consume roasted armadillo. He referred to it as "iron clad possum" and further he wrote,

"I found it to be very fine, far superior to any possum meat I ever eat."

The letter is in the U of Texas library. I took this from: Wiley, Bell I., The Life of Johnny Reb: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy, Doubleday & Co., Garden City NY, 1971, p 102.

Mmmm--possum on the half shell! I'll just have to take Mr. Robinson at his word as to the comparative merits of each, however.

Bell Wiley is a good one--The Road to Appomattox is still a good read, even fifty years after it first hit the shelves. (It was first published in 1954.)

Anyway, anyone still hungry?

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