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Every morning as he left the camp the cook drew an issue of grits from the main kitchen: about one-and-a-half ounces a head, probably. That made two pounds a squad, a little less than a pood *[* Thirty-six pounds.] for the whole column.
The men do not get more because the supplies are rationed and meant to last a specific amount of time.
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