The Lynchburg Republican
No one can compute the disaster and misery which will come upon us as a people, should we fail to produce this year the most abundant grain crops — not such crops as have been called abundant heretofore, but such a yield as will admit of waste in the ordinary operations of war, and perhaps some considerable destruction from the enemy.
A short crop or a failure may be our ruin as a people, for we cannot starve and fight.
A scanty corn crop is far more to be dreaded than anything our enemy can do to injure us. A good hand in the field is worth as much to our cause as a good soldier in the ranks, and the planter who is using a hundred such hands to produce only corn enough to feed them is striking a blow at the cause of his country.
If you are not doing your part towards an abundant corn crop, set about it now. Look out for corn first, last, and all the time.