NA, DSCGF 7/10/1864

Greensboro N. C.
July 10th 1864
Thos. Webb, Esqr.
Presdt. N. C. R. R.
Hillsboro N. C.
   I am just in receipt of a telegram from the Qr. Master Genl. in which he calls attention to difficulties in the way of transportation of iron on the N. C. Rail Road from Charlotte to Greensboro. The iron is urgently needed for the repair of the Richmond & Danville Road. On this road depends in a great degree the transportation of supplies to Genl Lee's army.
   Will you please in the emergency do everything in your power to give transportation for the iron over your Road, allowing nothing to retard the work. It is proper for me to state that the military necessity is so great that the iron must go forward & without delay.
   A few days ago it was reported to me by the agents employed in transporting the iron from the Charlotte & Statesville R. R. {Atlantic, Tennessee & Ohio RR} to Danville that a portion of one or two lots was taken from the cars while in transit from Charlotte to this place & it was charged that the agents of the N. C. Road permitted this to be done. I immediately telegraphed to Mr. Sumner, Supt. calling his attention to the statement & asking him to apply the necessary remedy. He has not responded to my telegram. Will you pleas to have the matter investigated & the iron returned? I will ask the favor of a reply at your earliest convenience.
Very Respy
Yr. obt. servant
J. F. Gilmer
Maj. Genl. & Chf Engr