April 7, 1863: Great grain crop in Mississippi


The Richmond Daily Dispatch reprinted an article from Jackson, exulting in the good grain crops in Mississippi. Apparently some reprobates were still planting cotton and forsaking the war effort, though. Still, Mississippi would produce enough flour to supply the confederacy, but who will get to eat all that flour?

The crops in Mississippi.
–The Jackson Mississippian, of the 27th ult., gives the following gratifying account of the crops in that State:

The Wheat crop in Mississippi looks very promising — in fact, it could not be better. There is a large acreage of our soil in wheat, promising flour in abundance after the May harvest. If there are no more fronts[?] this State will furnish wheat enough to supply half the Confederacy in flour for the next year. There has been comparatively but small crops of cotton planted, which shows the good sense of the people. There are, however, occasional instances where planters have overstepped the bounds of reason and patriotism in the cotton line, and we hope blight may fall upon their fields. Corn has been and is being, planted with a lavish head. Blessed are the corn raisers, for they shall not want for [??] or buyers.

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