NP, SR 3/25/1863

From the Savannah Republican
March 25, 1863
How Shall We Feed Our People
Mr. Editor,
   The subject of provisions for our city is becoming more and more important.  Our city authorities, in looking at it, thought best to request the railroads to refuse to carry any out.  This, so far as rice is concerned, may do good; but it is questionable whether we have anything else.  For the past few days it has been difficult to buy bacon to supply families in this city, and many persons could not find corn meal, even in small quantities; so the shipment of these articles need not be prohibited.
   But this is not the difficulty, the evil is this:  The retailers of provisions have been forced to go or send to the country for supplies they have tried to obtain them have bought some small quantities, brought them to the depots of the Gulf Road {Savannah, Albany & Gulf RR}, there to be stopped by government agents, even small packages and parcels, and there remain, while soldiers' families and others of the city require them.
   It is well for those agents to be diligent in obtaining food for the army, but surely there is no necessity for stopping food from coming to this city to feed fifteen thousand inhabitants.  Nor is this intended, but the present practice of railroad agents, and others, has brought this state of things upon us.  Parties, for the past few days, have sent to points on the Gulf Railroad for meal to be forwarded by Express to this city, thus trying to supply immediate necessity.  Now is it not the true and best policy to let some bacon, meal and corn come to Savannah to supply its inhabitants?  The charge of speculation and extortion, so far as these articles are concerned, has no application whatever, for there are more of them in the city.