NP, RD 2/13A/1861

From the Richmond Dispatch
February 13, 1861
   The Orange & Alexandria Railroad Company have contracted to bring to this city, over their road, two thousand bales of cotton {between 65 and 70 car loads} to be shipped from this port to New York in steamers. The cotton is from Memphis {shipped on the Memphis & Charleston RR}, and to be brought to Lynchburg over the {East Tennessee & Georgia RR, the East Tennessee & Virginia RR and the} Virginia & Tennessee Railroad. This is but the beginning of a heavy trade to be done in cotton by the new route.
Alexandria (Va.) Gazette