Saturday, September 26, 2009
More On John A. Dix
General John A. Dix also played an important role in national affairs as president of the Union Pacific Railroad. In a letter to President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, Dix wrote: "If the Engineers are ready, it is proposed to break ground on the Pacific Rail Road, on the 1st or 2nd day of next month, at some point in Nebraska, through which, under the Act of Congress, the line will pass. This inauguration of the work will be followed up by early measures to complete, as soon as possible, the grading of one hundred miles of road authorized by the Board of Directors to report under contract. In view of the vastness of the enterprise, and its probable influence upon the political and commercial prosperity of the country, it would be gratifying to receive a communication from you to be read on the occasion."