- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sherman mentions in an aside in his memoirs that there was once combat between skirmishers from the federal government and the rebels over fruit. "I have known the skirmish-line, without orders, to fight a respectable battle for the possession of some old fields that were full of blackberries."
This was not just a matter of good taste. Blackberries were useful in warding off scurvy, and so particularly valuable when other antidotes, such as lime juice, pickles, and sauerkraut, were unavailable.