15 February 1862: “WHEREAS, Robert K. Smith hath proposed to finish up the entire work of the Cape Fear and Deep River Improvement…”

Item description: In this report, a North Carolina Secession Convention committee recommends an ordinance calling for navigational improvements on the Cape Fear and Deep Rivers. The work would be overseen by Robert K. Smith, and, if completed, would provide better access to coal needed for the Confederate cause.

Item citation:Report.Documents of the Convention of 1861. Vol. 1, No. 57. [Raleigh, N.C.] : John W. Syme, [1862]. VC342.2 1861d V. 1, from the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, UNC Chapel Hill.

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