Join us for the third installment of curator Brett Kelley's fundraising and educational initiative and an experience of a lifetime!
In the summer of 1864 as the Union army prepared to lay siege to the city of Petersburg, Virginia, the need to supply bread to the thousands of troops in the Army of the Potomac was becoming critical. Lieutenant General U.S. Grant ordered that bread ovens be constructed at City Point, Virginia. City Point was the Union Army's main supply base on the James River. In addition to building massive stocks of supplies, a railroad was built from City Point directly to the front line surrounding Petersburg. With the new bread ovens in full production, over 100,000 loaves of bread were baked daily to meet the army's needs. The process of supplying the troops was so efficient that many troops on the front lines received their bread rations while they were still warm.
Curator Brett Kelley will live the life of a Union soldier on Commissary duty for 2 weeks. He will use brick and stone bread ovens constructed just behind the Museum to bake bread to "feed the troops" each day. Volunteers will also help in the baking process, as a goal of 150 loaves per day has been set!
Sponsor one (or many) loaf of bread for $10 and it will be donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for distribution to local soup kitchens.
More details TBA!