UA, NE&SWA 5/27/1863

27 May 1863
Benj. F. Cain Esqr.
Chf Engr Wills Valley RR
Valley Head Ala.
Dear Sir,
   Yo 12th inst is before me. Mr. Robinson has succeeded Genl Rodes as Chief Engineer of our Road {Northeast & Southwest Alabama RR} and gives very general satisfaction. Besides this we are making very little indeed no progress at present in the construction of the road. Should negotiations now on foot succeed of which I have strong hopes we will soon resume and prosecute with energy the further construction of the road to final completion. In that work your services may be needed.
   What is the present condition of the Wills Valley Road? What your prospect of obtaining Iron? From a letter of Col. Winstone to my predecessor he said he expected to procure the iron necessary to continue track laying from a rolling mill in Chattanooga to be completed this Spring. What is the state of the mill & what the prospect for Rails &c? You will oblige me by giving me the above & any other information as to the present condition & future prospects of the road.
   I have written two letters to Col. Winston as to matters pertaining to the road but have not had an acknowledgement of either.
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