Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family, September 19, 1867

In this letter from September 19, 1867, Samuel Reed writes to his wife and family describing Colonel Silas Seymour's attempt to delay construction of the railroad, in order to "injure someone's reputation." Reed states that he has written to the directors in New York City in support of General Grenville Dodge, who is Col. Seymour's target.

I have been back from the mountains about 36 hours. Col. Seymore seems determined to delay the work as much as possible. The object apparently is to injure somebody's reputation. General Dodge appears to be the scapegoat. Col. Seymoure has been working to get a line with grades ten feet less per mile than the present location and he can do it, but the line will not be as good as General Dodge's or as easily operated when built. I have written to New York and given a full statement of the matter and trust that the company will be fully posted about the facts in the case. I know they will as far as the delays are caused by changing the line.

The grading in the mountains is being pushed vigorously and I hope to have most of it done before winter. Col. Blain has resigned. General Beauford (Wash Tah Good Indian) has been appointed in his place.

About this Document

  • Source: Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family
  • Citation: Nebraska State Historical Society, Samuel Reed Papers (Union Pacific Railroad Collection), MS 3761, Unit 1, Subgroup 14, Series 1, Box 2, Letters to Wife and Family
  • Date: September 19, 1867