Accordingly, they were arranged in a number of places on the rivers of Virginia and North Carolina, on the Gulf coast, and at Mobile, and have afforded a supply of fish both fresh and salt.
As was anticipated, they have been frequently interrupted by the movements of the enemy, and many of them entirely broken up.
Much may be expected from those in Florida, if unmolested, and from them some results may yet accrue.
L. B. Northrup,
Bureau of Subsistence,
Richmond, January 12th, 1864.
Colonel L. B. Northrup, C. G. S.:
Colonel—Herewith I beg leave to submit for your consideration the following extracts from letters and telegrams received at this bureau from officers of this department in relation to the collection and shipment of corn from the Southern States:
December 16th, 1863—Major Allen, Columbus, Georgia: "Shipping slowly for want of transportation. Have received eight cars per day. Will now go forward more promptly."
December 18th—Major Love, Charlotte, North Carolina: "Shipped one car load corn to-day."
December 19th—Captain Francis, Augusta, Georgia: "Seven car loads went forward last night. Seven car loads remain. Will go forward as soon as possible."
December 19th—Captain Cunningham, Macon, Georgia: "Fifteen car loads corn leave here to-day by 'special messenger;' more on the way; will be forwarded on arrival."
December 23d—Captain Francis, Augusta, Georgia: "Twenty-five (25) car loads corn here will be shipped to-morrow." Cause of delay reported in letter as follows: "But one line of railroad from Augusta, over which two passenger trains per day are run, and no freight train on Sunday."
December 24—Captain Francis: "Quartermaster has promised to ship fifty-six car loads corn this week."
December 29—Captain Francis: "Four thousand three hundred and sixty sacks corn left yesterday for Commissary Department in Virginia, 1,254 sacks leave to-morrow."
December 26—John S. Cole, Special Messenger: "Thirteen car loads corn for Commissary Department detained here six days waiting transportation."
February 8, 1865—"Unless transportation is increased much subsistence will be lost in Charlotte, N. C."
E. M. Love, Major and C. S.