|10, A plea to regulate the price of corn so as to provide food for the poor instead of for the production of whiskey, in the Fort Donelson environs |
Near Fort Donelson
February 10th 1864
There is a gradeal [sic] of suffering of the Poor in a good many Locallities, the Nwstrn [Northwestern] R Road have foraged heavy for a Long ways on both Sides but thay [sic] having [sic] reacht [sic] the main Corn regions that is Duck & Cumberland Rivers & those Corn rasors wont sell except at awful Pri[c]es & that in green Backs & there is a still up running of the Neighborhood of Cumberlin Citty [sic] about 21 miles below Clarksville l& that make a 25 or 30, Dollrs [sic] worth of whiskey out of a barrel of Corn & he has a Large amont on hand & a Lage [sic] amont [sic] in juges [sic] at Lage [sic] figurs[.] [sic] now it that Still was stopt [sic] as all the rest has bin it would give a gradeal [sic] of corn to fead, [sic] the Poor & if it Could be it ought to have th [sic] Prce [sic] of Corn regulated & those that hav [sic] maid [sic] to Let those that dont [sic] have [and] are a seffering [sic] hav [sic] at a far [sic] Pri[c]es.
There is a plenty of men that helpt to get up the rebelion [sic] & Promised men that if they would go into the servis [sic] there [sic] wifes & Children should hav [sic] a plenty that is a Litting [sic] them suffer[.] in be half [sic] of those wimin [sic] & children Pleas [sic] do what you Can -- I under stand that there is a nother [sic] still house abilidng [sic] be Low Clarksville [sic] & have ingaged [sic] Corn at Large figers [sic] & if there was a stop to all disstilling [sic] of grain it would be gradeal. [sic]
...I am Loyal & I was inducted in General Rusous [sic] office on Decr 31, 63, as an imploye [sic] of the united states [sic].
Yor [sic] Truly,
G. M. Stewart
Papers of Andrew Johnson, Vol. p. 611.