NA, ENG 7/9A/1864

Engineer Bureau
9 July 1864
To the Hon. Secretary of War
   A telegram which I have the honor to enclose herewith has been recd. from Mr. Wm. Johnston, Presdt. of the Charlotte & Statesville {Atlantic, Tennessee & Ohio RR} & of the Charlotte & S. Ca. {South Carolina} R. R. Companies, in which he earnestly requests that (12) miles of the Charlotte & Statesville R. R. be removed to repair & refit the Charlotte & S. Ca. R. Rd. which forms an important portion of one of the main track lines of the Confederacy & is represented by Lt. Col. Sims, Col. C. F. M. Garnett & others to be in a very bad condition.
   The Charlotte & Statesville R. R. was originally (42) forty-two miles long; of this there were six miles of strap rail & six miles have been removed to be used on the Piedmont RRoad. If of the thirty (30) miles still left on the road twelve (12) miles be turned over to Mr. Johnston for the repairs of the very important Charlotte & S Ca R. Rd. will still remain (18) eighteen miles of T iron for the reconstruction of the {Richmond &} Danville R. R. & for other important objects.
   Under these circumstances I unite with Col. C. F. M. Garnett Commissioner in earnestly recommending that instructions be given in accordance with Mr. Johnston's request i.e. to allow twelve miles of the Charlotte & Statesville R. R. next to Charlotte to remain untouched for the present.
Very resp'y &c
A. L. Rives
Col. &c