UG, CoG 12/13/1862

Central {(of Georgia)} Rail Road Bank
Savannah, Ga. Dec. 13 1862
R. R. Cuyler, Prest.
Geo. A. Cuyler, Cahsr.
His Excellency John Gill Shorter Gov
Montgomery Ala
   Your favor of the 10th instant was received to day. It will give me pleasure to aid your people, if I can possibly do so, and I will make a hearty effort to do it. I beg to explain my condition to you.
   Before the Legislature of Georgia authorised the impressment of cars, for Gov Brown telegraphed me to send a full train, Engine, men and all to Saltville for salt for the people of Georgia. I promptly furnished the train from the Central Company. At the same time the Macon & Western Road furnished an Engine and Six Cars, and the South Western Six Cars making another train. Both these trains have made a successful trip and returned. The Central train left Macon on the 11th ins on a second trip, and may be expected back in ten days. If Gov Brown will allow me, I will let that train go back to Saltville for you, on the necessary arrangements being made. The So. Western Road is under pressure carrying corn up to feed the Western Army, and the Central is, I may say, the only reliance of Gen Beauregard in case of sudden call to move troops, either on the Gulf Road {Savannah, Albany & Gulf RR} or the Charleston {& Savannah} Road, both these roads being deficient in rolling stock. It will never do for me to send cars, the only war in which I can serve you is by sending a train under my own men. I write to Gov Brown by this mail to ask him (for that is necessary) to make the necessary arrangements for the trip, in your behalf.
   He arranged for furnishing my men with provisions above Atlanta. I have not contemplated making any charge to Georgia, beyond the actual cost expended by me, and I would be proud to do the like for you. I enclose your letter to Gov Brown with a copy of this.
   On tomorrow night I go to Augusta, to meet on Monday, Mr Wadley who has been recently appointed by Government, Agent for transportation, with very full powers. Of course, I do not now how far his powers or orders will hinder me in the free use of my rolling stock. But Mr Wadley is a prudent and reasonable man, and I will take care to impress upon him the necessity which exists in relation to salt. I return to Savannah by next Tuesday morning and I will write to you again on that day.
   I am happy to inform you that the quantity of salt manufactured on our coast is beginning to tell handsomely. I see that the article has suddenly fallen in Richmond from one dollar & a half per pound to half a dollar.
I have the honor to be
Yr ob svt
R R Cuyler