<br /> Lee Letter: g182

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Jefferson Davis

Mr President

I am aware that it will take some time to regulate & perfect the Piedmont R. R. & that the whole difficulty cannot at once be overcome by the Governments taking it in charge – Its condition is so important to our military operations as well as to the welfare of the community that I venture to enclose a letter lately recd from Genl Martin. I do not see how a road can be worked advantageously & to its full extent without a regular schedule for running the trains – Under a temporary pressure it might be operated by special instructions by telegraph – I understood that the road was so operated while under charge of the Danville Compy, & I presume there is some reason for continuing it, but as soon as a fixed schedule can be established & regular connections made with the roads north & south the better. I would also suggest that a competent Engineer with four or five hundred labourers be sent to ditch drain & repair the road along its whole extent. From the character of the present Supt I trust the road if once put in good order, will be efficiently managed. I have the honour to be

Your obt servt

R. E. Lee Genl


W. J. De Renne CollectionWormsloe, Chatham County, Georgia (1914)

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 182.