OR, Series 1, Vol. 47, Part 3, Page 712
Near Smithfield, N. C., March 29, 1865
His Excellency Z. B. Vance
Our troops are arriving between Chester and Charlotte. It is important that the hole force of the North Carolina road should be employed in bringing them on. I beg your whole influence and authority over railroad officials in aid of this.
J. E. Johnston