New life has been infused in to our community by our able and patriotic President
In recommending the construction of a road connecting the Richmond
with the North Carolina
Central Railroad, at Greensboro
', is what all of us in this section desired, but which few of us supposed that functionary would have thought of amid the many pressing demands upon his time and attention.
The President, however, has performed his duty; and now, it we will do ours, in less than twelve months from this present writing, the work which he so strongly recommends will have been completed.
Already numerous meetings have been held, all, novelly approving, but urging the immediate construction of this road, which, when completed, will give us an air-line of railroad from Richmond
All that is now asked is a charter granted by the proper authority or authorities and such aid from the Confederate Congress as we feel assured can be given without detriment to public interests.
Should this road be located upon the nearest, and which is thought to be the most practicable route, the distance between Danville
' may be reduced to within less than forty- five miles, thus bringing the city of Richmond
and the capital of this Confederacy within seven hours run of Greensboro
,' one of the most flourishing towns in the South
, and the centre of a section of country unsurpassed for the energy of its population or productiveness of its sell.
And upon this route the road may be made for upwards of thirty miles without encountering the first stream over which even a culvert will be indispensable.
Upon this entire line, too, there will be found in close proximity an abundance of timber and stone to build ten such roads; while the country it traverses is remarkable for its beautiful scenery, purity of water, and fertility of its soil.
In short, such are the many advantages of this route that, when it shall have been completed, the intelligent passenger will be astonished that this connection had been delayed until forced upon us as a "military necessity." This route is the only one practicable possessing so many advantages, and is from eight to ten miles shorter than any other route in contemplation, and from ten to fifteen miles shorter than via Leakesville, to say nothing of the many long bridges which would be indispensable if that route were adopted.
The route to which I allude, and which I feel confident will be selected, is via Reisville, and is the same over which the mail from Danville
' is now and has been for many years transported, and is well known throughout the South
as the "Piedmont line"
But it is deemed needless to elaborate the question.
Let us have a charter, stipulating that a competent engineer be employed, and that the road be located upon the nearest and most practicable route, and we fear not his decision.
In connection with the above subject, we append the following proceedings of a meeting of the citizens of Rockingham county, N. C.
At a large and enthusiastic meeting of citizens of the county of Rockingham, North Carolina
, convened at Reidsville
, on the 28th of November, 1861, on motion, Alfred Reed
, was called to the chair, and James Irvin
and Joseph Holderby
were requested to act as secretaries; when, by request, Colonel J. H. Dillard
explained the object of the meeting; and, before taking his seat, showed in his usual felicitous style the importance and great necessity of a connexion between the Richmond
and the North Carolina
Central Roads both in a commercial and military point of view.
When he concluded, Dr. S. W. Keen
was called for, who responded in a few pertinent and well- timed remarks, saying that he had nothing to add to what had been so eloquently attired by Colonel Dillard
, except to endorse, as he did most heartily, all that had been said by him; and that he took that occasion to tender his own and the thanks of this community to President Davis
for his notice of this section of the old North State
On motion, the Chairman
appointed a committee of ten persons to draft resolutions for the consideration of the meeting, as follows: Colonel
J. H Dillard
, Dr. T. W. Keen
, Dr. W. J. Courts
, Dr. E. M. Powell
, Robert P. Richardson
J A. Bennett
, Dr. H. L. Patrick
, John G Rainey
, and J. Holderby
, who, through Colonel Dillard
, reported as follows:
Whereas, we have believed, for many years, that a connection between the Richmond
and Daville Railroad, and the North Carolina
Central Railroad, was a matter of vital importance to this section of our State, and that the interest of both of the aforesaid roads would be much enhanced by such connection; and, as we are now engaged in war, we believe the necessity for the immediate connection of these roads must be apparent to every friend of the South
That we have read with pleasure the Message of President Davis
, in which he clearly recommends the connection of the Richmond
with the North Carolina
Central Railroad--said connection to be made at Danville
That while we have our individual preference as to the location of said road, yet we pledge ourselves, whenever a charter shall be granted by the States of Virginia
and North Carolina
, or by the Confederate Congress of America
, to give all the influence we possess, and all the material aid we can command, to the early construction of said road, wherever it may be located by a competent engineer selected for that purpose.
That our Representatives in Congress, and our Delegates to the State Convention, be, and they are hereby requested, to use their influence to have this road constructed at the earliest period possible.
All of which were adopted by acclamation.
On motion of Col. Dillard
, the Secretaries
were requested to furnish a copy of the foregoing resolutions to Col. R. C. Puryear
, and to our Delegates in the State Convention.
On motion of S. A. Ratcliff
, the Secretaries
were requested to forward copies of these proceedings to the editors of the Richmond
' papers, with the request that they publish the same, and that all other papers favorable to the enterprise be requested to copy them.