Jackson, Thomas J. "Stonewall" (1824-1863) to John Letcher re: building railroad between Strasburg & Wincester
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01979 Author/Creator: Jackson, Thomas J. "Stonewall" (1824-1863) Place Written: Harper's Ferry Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1861/04/29 Pagination: 1 p. 24 x 17 cm
Jackson recommends building the railroad for military purposes.
April 29, 1861
I arrived here this evening, and am availing myself of the earliest opportunity to suggest the importance in a military point of view, of having a Rail Road connecting Strausburg and Winchester. The advantages of this connection in throwing heavy ordinance, and large bodies of troops suddenly on our Northern Frontier, into Maryland, or the District of Columbia are such, as to make it my duty to recommend its immediate construction, unless there are weighty reasons to the contrary.
Mr. M. S. Harman of Staunton says that he can complete it in 15 or 20 days
I am Governor
Your obdt. servt.
T. J. Jackson
Col. va. vols.
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