The importance of raising sorghum
The importance of attention to the cultivation of the Chinese sugar cane, cannot at this time be too highly estimated. The present supply of sugar and molasses in the Confederacy is not heavy, and is daily reduced. A few months more will, perhaps, suffice to consume it. As a substitute sorghum must supply the deficiency, and if every farmer will but take the pains to cultivate a few acres of the cane he will not only contribute to the production of a crop beneficial to the public, but one which will of necessity prove lucrative to himself.
Source: Fayetteville Observer, April 14, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org