OR, Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 2, Page 1425

Raleigh, March 18, 1865
General Breckinridge
Secretary of War, Richmond
   I cannot possibly consent to the widening of the gauge of North Carolina road east of Salisbury. It will be ruinous to the State and I can see no real necessity for it. Please stop it until the matter can be consulted upon.
Z. B. Vance {Governor of North Carolina}