In the letter Forney discusses the appropriation of railroad cars and iron tracks from Avery's railroad, by the Confederate army; the rolling stock will be used by two other lines in the state, and iron will "fill the requisition of the Engineer...
This article by Richard Koepke describes a tour of the St. Lawrence River that the U.S. Engineer Department gave to a group of congressmen. Boykin, one of the group, is mentioned specifically for his colorful personality and behavior.
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