NA, DSCGF 7/8/1864

Greensboro N. C.
July 8th 1864
Wm. Johnston Esqr.
Prest. Charlotte & S. C. R. R.
   I am in receipt of your letter of the 7th inst. setting forth that a portion of the iron on the Statesville Road {Atlantic, Tennessee & Ohio RR} will be required for the repairs of your road during the coming year & asking that a part of this iron next to Charlotte be not removed. It is not designed to remove more iron from the Statesville Road than is required to make the urgent necessary repair on the {Richmond &} Danville Road. The support of Genl. Lee's Army depends upon this road in a great degree & nothing can be allowed to delay the execution of the work. I will instruct the Govt. agents to take only what is necessary, but this will probably require the greater part of the iron on the Statesville Road.
Very Respy
Your obt servant
J. F. Gilmer
Maj Genl