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 Posted: Fri Apr 17th, 2009 07:22 pm
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I seem to recall a thread about hogs post battle eating slain troops. 
Got that right J Harold. Don't know if that was the practice around Gettysburg or generally on northern farms, but in many areas, fences were built to keep the pigs out ... not in.

Pigs are among the most brilliant critters and able to subsist very well on their own. They are voracious eaters and quite expensive to maintain. So they were turned out after fall slaughter and rounded up just before the next. A bushel or two of grain would put some fat on each in time for cold weather and butchering.

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