NP, VW 2/13/1863

From the Vicksburg Whig
February 13, 1863
The Rail Roads
   On Sunday morning we published a dispatch from Richmond stating that all transportation is under the control of Colonel Wadley, and that "Neither General Pemberton nor General Buckner is authorized to control it." This is the decision of the War Department. Here is a copy of a dispatch received by Colonel Fleming yesterday.
February 9th, 1863
From L T Fleming, Superintendent
To Major I. Mims, Chief Quartermaster at Jackson
   Telegraphs W. B. Lucas, Assistant Quarter-Master at this place, not to allow any corn to be carried out of this State, unless through Lieutenant General Pemberton's Order. I am forbid by Lucas to ship corn out of the State.
J. E. Holt, Agent at Macon
   General Pemberton, therefore, is responsible and acting contrary to the decision of the Government. There seems to be some misunderstanding on the subject which, we trust, will be reconciled before the people of this community get to the perishing point. As the matter now stands, General Pemberton will have to bear the odium of enforcing an arbitrary act, to the general injury of the people of this City, without the slightest excuse of military necessity. The {Mobile & Ohio} Rail road is prepared and ready to perform all that is due by it to the Government, and at the same time supply our people with the food that they need. General Pemberton doubtless aware of this fact, and yet he is resolved that the case shall run empty, where there is an absence of the material of subsistence waiting along the route for transportation to market. The hand of military power is heavy enough even when lightest and when used with the utmost circumspection; but when it voluntarily increases the burden without any possible resulting public good, it becomes wanton tyranny, such as no part of these Confederate States is accustomed to, or without, like dumb hearts, it will submit to patiently. But, we are slow to believe that the Civil consequences of this supererogatory Act is fully comprehended by General Pemberton; And we, therefore, hope that he will, without delay, lift the blockade which, if much longer continued, will carry us to the verge of absolute starvation.
Mobile Tribune