|Fort Barrancas at Pensacola Bay|
The account is fascinating because it includes a detailed listing of what the Confederate soldiers in the Army of Pensacola were eating and how much they were paying for it. My favorite item on the menu was 'possum (or opossum, to use the corrent spelling), which was selling for as much as or more than duck!
Possum was a common food in the Panhandle of Florida on up into the 20th century. Some still enjoy it even today. This fact is commemorated in the annual Possum Festival and Fun Day in Wausau, Florida. Held on the first Saturday of August each year, which has been designated by the Florida Legislature as "Possum Day" in the Sunshine State.
Wausau is also home to the famed Possum Monument, which stands on a landscaped plot by State Highway 77. To read more about the Possum Monument, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/possummonument.