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    [Civil War]. William H. Greenwood Autograph Report Signed. Eight integral pages with blank, 7.75" x 10", Victoria [Texas], January 25, 1866, regarding the status of the rebuilding of a section of railroad destroyed during the Civil War. Captain William H. Greenwood was serving as assistant inspector general to the 4th Army Corps when he was sent to Texas in July 1865 "...to examine the means of transportation from Indianola to San Antonio with a view of supplying the troops...that were at, or en route to San Antonio and vicinity." He found that the use of wagons during a rainy season would be impossible to transport goods between Indianola and Victoria, a distance of some thirty-eight miles. There had existed a railroad between Lavaca and Victoria, but it "...was destroyed by order of Gen. McGruder [John B. Magruder], of the so called Confederate States, in the summer of 1863." Similarly, a section of track being laid before the war "...from Indianola to Lavaca was graded, and the ties were at Indianola at the breaking out of the Rebellion, and were burned by order of Gen. McGruder [sic] at the same time that the Road from Lavaca to Victoria was destroyed."

    Greenwood returned to New Orleans at the end of July and "...reported to Maj. Generals [Edward] Canby and [David S.] Stanley (Gen. [Philip] Sheridan being absent) the condition of the Roads...with a recommend that Maj. Genl. [Gordon] Granger's order for the rebuilding of the Rail Road, be carried out as soon as possible...I received instructions from Maj Genl Stanley to take charge of the building of the Rail Road..." What follows is a detailed report on the progress of the rebuilding which has been hindered somewhat by supply problems. He also reports that "...I found two Engines that we could fix up so that they could run, but up to the present time we have never run but one of them over the Road...." due to a lack in tools.

    Usual folds. Water damage along the horizontal fold has caused staining and fading of some text, which is still wholly legible. With an order to Capt. Greenwood, dated December 19, 1865, to "...report on the progress of the Mil. Rail Road from Lavaca to Victoria, and another report made out in detail of the expenses of building this Road....as soon as possible."


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