War of the Rebellion: Serial 128 Page 0484 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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The roads making up this line are as follows:

Names of roads. Stock wanted.

Richmond and Danville, South Side. 2 engines and 50 cars.

Virginia and Tennessee. . . . . . 4 engines and 50 cars.

East Tennessee and Virginia. . . . _

East Tennessee and Georgia. . . . . - 4 or 5 engines and 75 cars.

Nashville and Chattanooga. . . . 50 cars.

Western and Atlantic. . . . . Can do with present stock, but wants material.

By the southern route we have a line to Weldon; thence via Wilmington on one hand and via Raleigh on the other to Kingsville, S. C. ; thence to Augusta and Atlanta on one hand and to Macon and Columbus, Ga., on the other. From Florence there is a road leading to Charleston, and from thence to Savannah. There is also a connection with Savannah through Augusta by Millen. The roads making up this line with the various branches are as follows:

Names or roads. Stock wanted.

Richmond and Petersburg. . . . 5 cars.

Petersburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 cars.

Wilmington and Weldon. . . . . . 4 engines and 100 cars.

Wilmington and Manchester. 1 engine and 100 cars.

Raleigh and Gaston. . . . . . . . . Can get along with present stock.

North Carolina. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 engines and 100 cars.

Charlotte and South Carolina 2 engines and 50 cars.

South Carolina. . . . . . . . . . . . . Can get along with present stock.

Northeastern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 engines and 25 [cars.]

Georgia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Can get along with present stock.

Central of Georgia. . . . . . . . . Can get along with present stock.

Southwestern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 cars.

Muscogee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Can get along with present stock.

The Macon and Western road forms a connection between Macon and Atlanta. This road ought to have fifty cars in addition to its present stock.

From Atlanta and Columbus the Atlanta La Grange and Montgomery and West Point roads connect the two places. The latter road ought with assistance that it receive from the Georgia road.

From Montgomery to Mobile the line is made up by the Alabama and Florida road of Alabama and the Mobile and Great Northern road. Each ought to have an engine and twenty-five cars.

From Mobile to Vicksburg the Mobile and Ohio and Southern roads form the line. The former have an abundant equipment and the latter is a present supplied by the Memphis and Charleston road now nearly out of use.

In addition to this to Vicksburg, we have the Alabama River from Montgomery to Selma; thence by rail to Demopolis, where there is a portage of four miles and half on the Tombigbee River; thence by rail to Meridian-eastern end of the Southern road to Vicksburg. This road, from Selma to Meridian is also supplies with equipments from the Memphis and Charleston road. The New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern and the Mississippi Central roads form a line form Ponchatoula- forty-seven miles from New Orleans-to Water Valley, in North Mississippi. Each of these roads have an abundant equipment for present use. Much of it, however, is getting in very bad order, and extensive repairs will be necessary to render it equal to any great emergency.

On our northern border we have the Virginia Central and Orange and Alexandria roads connecting this city with Lynchburg. These roads, I think ought to have one engine and twenty-five cars.