Item Description: John Marshall Otey was assistant adjutant general under General P. G. T. Beauregard during the Civil War. The collection consists of one letter, 10 March 1865, from E. Willis to Colonel John Marshall Otey (J. M. Otey), discussing the difficulties facing railroad transportation and the movement of troops, artillery, and provisions at the time. The letter specifically discusses orders from General Braxton Bragg to detain trains at Goldsboro, N.C.
Item Citation: Folder 1, in the John Marshall Otey letter, #5305-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Salisbury NC 10th March 1865
Col J. M. Otey
I am here comparatively idle while there is an accumulation of nearly 120 car Loads of troops, stores & artillery; pair the want of trains which are detained at Goldsboro by Gen’l Braggs order I received the following dispatch this morning from
Capt J. A. Oates, mic capt nno
“Inform Maj. Willis that Gen’l Bragg has issued orders forbidding any of my trains to leave Goldsboro, there are (13) thirteen trains thus detained, and doing work for the A&NC and W&W R. R., I cannot send more trains to Salisbury untill these are returned, have none to send, send not I. hands here. J. I. Sumner
I’ve applied to Majr. S. N. Chismar
Greensboro for train
also to Majr. W. W. Peirce
and to Majr W. S. Harvey
Goldsboro N.C. without success
If it all important that the trains should be kept at Goldsboro would it not be well to render the artillery & wagons from here by land to Greensboro, and if this want of trains can be ascertained to last two or three days longer there troops would save time by marching to the same parts.