October 16, 1862
The N. C. Railroad
We learn that the
gross income of this Road is now about $150,000 per month. The importance of this Road at this time to
our people, and to the Confederate cause, cannot be overstated. We are glad to record the fact that it is
prospering under its President, Mr. Webb, who is eminently a business man, and
Mr. Summer, its energetic Superintendent.
are complaints, however, as to the running of the Road, which mainly from the
fact that its sills and timbers are, to some extent, giving way. These must be supplied by the ensuing winter,
or the Road will not be able to dispatch the heavy business it will have on
hand. We learn that the slave labor
along the line is not adequate to the work of supplying the sills and timbers,
and that the Road will be obliged to rely for these indispensable articles on
white labor. But many of those who have
contracted to furnish sills are conscripts.
Surely they will be detailed for this important work. Such conscripts as these can be greatly more
useful to the government in this capacity than they would be in the ranks, for
the Road is transporting troops and munitions of war at half price, and any cessation of its operation would result in
serious injury to the Confederate cause.
We are gratified to learn that Maj. Mallett
fully appreciates these facts, and that his action in this respect will be
prudent and liberal.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]