NP, VW 1/10/1863

From the Vicksburg Whig
January 10, 1863
A Hard and Unnecessary Order
   The Mobile Register says:
   We publish below an order from Lieutenant-General Pemberton, prohibiting all shipments of Corn and Fodder from private parties beyond the limits of his Command. As that command embraces the entire corn country of Upper Mississippi, and the territory along the line of the Mobile & Ohio Rail Road, this order deprives the planter to a great measure of disposing of the only article he has produced which he can sell or barter for necessary supplies, and shuts out this City from articles of prime necessity, which the Community greatly need. The Mobile & Ohio Rail Road has always been able to meet the demands of the government for transportation, and can continue to do so without depriving private parties of accommodation, and we are told that now the Rail Road can furnish much more transportation than the Government desired or employs, and that inconsequence cars come through empty that might be laden with valuable freight. The only other alleged ground for the "Order," is the "abuses occasioned by speculators." But General Pemberton does not discriminate between them and parties purchasing for themselves and neighbors, making the many suffer for the sins of the few. Were he to exclude speculators, but allow others the facilities needed, there would be more reason and justice in his requirement. As it is, people are likely to suffer for the want of supplies, which are now abundant in North Mississippi, in a country, inadequately protected against the incursions of the Enemy, and which may fall into his hands, without having been an iota of benefit to the Government, while the Planter has been subjected to unnecessary loss and the people in this section to unnecessary deprivation. We appeal the "Order," with the conviction and hope that it ought to and will be speedily modified or entirely rescinded.
The Order: Headquarters, Department of Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana, Jackson, Mississippi, December 12th, 1862 (Circular)
   The necessity of this order and the abuses occasioned by speculators render it necessary that no corn or fodder shall be taken by private parties beyond the limits of this Department. The necessity for prompt and ample transportation to move the large quantity of Government forage now being purchased requires that no corn or fodder belonging to private parties be transported over any of the Rail Roads. In this Department until otherwise ordered from these headquarters.
Lieutenant-General J. C. Pemberton, Commanding