ABINGDON, September 6, 1863.
General G. B. CRITTENDEN,
Commanding at Saltville:
See the managers of the different salt-works, representing to them the importance of completing the defensive works, and appeal to them to furnish as many negro laborers as the engineer officer needs. Tell them you will only need them for a day or so, as I have asked Governor Letcher for authority to impress slave-labor in the adjacent counties, and expect to have them, when the salt hands can return to salt-making. If you can get the necessary labor in no other way, impress it.
SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.
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