The 'Civil War' campaign began on 11/15/64 when Sherman 's troops marched from the captured burned-to-the-ground city of Atlanta, Georgia, and ended at the port of Savannah on 12/22/1864. When the smoke cleared, the southerners who had survived the onslaught came out of hiding. They soon realized that the Yankee invaders that had marched through the countryside had looted and stolen everything of value, and stolen or destroyed the food-stocks of the populace, including all the livestock, death and destruction were everywhere. Entire Cities were torched and the fields were salted so as to prevent future crops from growing in them for years to come.
While in hiding, few had enough to eat and starvation was now upon the survivors. There was no international aid, no Red Cross meal trucks, no homeless shelters. The Yankee Northern army had taken everything they could carry or haul away on the stolen wagons, and eaten everything they could eat. But they couldn't take it all. They burned what they didn't steal.They wanted no way for anyone to survive in the South nation. They wanted it fully cleared for the taking. Their intentions was no less than the eradication of the Southern people, a true holocaust.
The devastated people of the Confederacy found that, for some unknown reason, Sherman's blood-thirsty troops had left silos full of black eyed peas in tact in the wake of their carnage and destruction. You see at the time in the north the lowly black eyed pea was only used as feed stock. The Yankee northern troops saw it as the thing of least value, taking grain for their horses, livestock and other crops to feed themselves they just couldn't take everything. So they left the black eyed peas in great quantities assuming it would be of no use to the survivors because all the stock that it could feed had either been stolen, eaten or killed by the Yankees.
Southerners awoke to face a new year in this devastation; facing massive starvation if not for the good luck of having the black-eyed peas to eat. From New Years Day 1866 forward, the tradition grew to eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day for good luck and in remembrance of those brave Confederates who fought to survive with nothing, and did, in spite of all that the Lincoln Yankees did to them to kill them.
Sent to the CSA by Billy Pierce and edited by the Confederate Sentry