We are following the experiences of Civil War soldier Jens Dahle through the diary entries of James Eberhart, both held prisoners 150 years ago in the Confederate prison in Salisbury. North Carolina.
“110 days a prisoner
Did not Sleep very good last night. Ground damp and have to lay on one side all night. It makes one Hip Bones very Sore. I look at mine to see if they are coming through the Skin or not. Made a pad to put under my hips at night. Use my shoes and hat for a pillow at night. Drew our Ration of Bread & Soup this morning. It dont last very long & then a long wait for the next meal. Drew wood this Evening & was counted off.”— James Eberhart 
The prisoners in stockade type prisons such as Salisbury and Andersonville were forced to erect makeshift tents for protection from the weather. See contemporary photo on the left taken at Andersonville.  Also, in this photo you can see the “deadline” fence on the left, over which if you crossed, the guards would kill the trespasser.
The term “drew firewood” means that James collected his ration of wood for heat. This happened irregularly and James often “drew firewood” for others who did not have the strength to do so themselves.
Winter is setting in at the Salisbury Prison in Salisbury, North Carolina for the 5000 prisoners. This is the month of the largest population of the prison. Food quantity and quality is decreasing for the Confederate Army regulars and so there is even less for the Union prisoners.
 Florence C. McLaughlin, editor, “Diary of Salisbury Prison by James Eberhart,” The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, July 1973.
 Carol M. Highsmith, “Prisoner lean-tos at Andersonville Prison, Andersonville, Georgia,” contemporary re-enactment, Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division; image (http://www.loc.gov : accessed 29 November 2014).