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State of North Carolina, Executive Department

Raleigh, January 6, 1865

General Robert E. Lee,

                        Commanding Army of Northern Virginia:

            General: I have received your letter calling my attention to the dangers to the public service, arising from “the condition and management of our railroads,” and asking my assistance in endeavoring to facilitate transportation and to prevent dangerous and injurious delays. I was made painfully aware of the delays of which you so justly complain during the recent attack upon Wilmington, and I assure you that you shall have my hearty co-operation in producing such reforms as can be effected on the North Carolina roads. I have no control whatever over the Piedmont road.

With sentiments of great respect, your obedient servant,  

Z. B. Vance.






Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 16, Part 2, p. 1016

Transcribed by Daniel Shevalier, 2018 June 19

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