OR, Series 1, Vol. 24, Part 3, Page 616

Office Chief Quartermaster
Jackson, Miss.
Feb. 5, 1863
Lieut. Col. J. R. Waddy
Asst. Adjt. Gen.
   Having almost exhausted this department in the way of cooking utensils, and wishing to increase the making of tents, I dispatched Major Whitfield to Mobile, and Columbus, Ga., to contract for a large supply of both. At the same time he was charged to examine into and, if possible, correct the evils complained of in regard to the Mobile & Ohio Railroad. 
   In regard to the more important subject of corn and fodder, I have the honor to state that I am informed by the reports of Capt. D. H. Thomas, Maj. J. W. Patton, and Captain [Samuel] O'Neill, that there is now in store in Vicksburg belonging to this department 30,000 bushels of corn, one-half of which is in sacks. I have, through my agents on the Yazoo River, already purchased 100,000 bushels of corn, an amount of which fully sufficient for the wants of Vicksburg is to be delivered at Snyder's Bluff. Under instructions, a wagon train of 100 teams is to be constantly engaged in transporting corn to Vicksburg, and, so far as my department is concerned, Captain O'Neill, in charge of forage at Vicksburg, is instructed to supply the animals entirely from the Bluff, and not encroach on that in store. The reports of Major Bennett and Captain Raphael, at Port Hudson, advise me there are 30,000 bushels now stored at that point. At this place and Forest, before transferring any corn to the subsistence department, we had 25,000 bushels in sacks. I am informed by the report of Capt. F. Ingate, quartermaster at Okolona, that he has already shipped to Meridian and Enterprise about 20,000 bushels, and that he has engaged on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad 68,000 bushels. Capt. W. B. Lucas, at Macon, reports 5,000. I have given instructions to quartermasters and agents to purchase all that can be procured, and I have good reason to believe that our supply will be abundant. I have directed Mr. [J.] McFarland, my agent on the Yazoo, to use every boat on that river to facilitate the purchase and transportation of corn, and I know that, with the assistance I have sent him as well as that he will employ, that he will employ all means to accomplish the prompt collection of all the corn to be procured on that river and its tributaries. I should also state that we have made large engagements of fodder. As soon as the press for removal of the troops is over, we will furnish it as required. I know of no way to supply Port Hudson during the blockade of the river than by sending forward corn for this place. If you direct, will commence this transportation.
   I will renew my efforts to procure forage, and allow no chance to pass to procure everything required in my department.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
L. Mims
Major and Chief Quartermaster
Dept. of Miss. and East. La.