Letter. Rufus A. Barrier, Headquarters 8th North Carolina Regiment, Ruffins Station, Piedmont Railroad, North Carolina, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
Barrier writes en route to Wilmington, North Carolina, via Goldsboro, unsure when he will arrive. He describes the previous night's events, when a special train passed bearing Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, Sen. Douglas Henry of Tennessee, Sen. James McNair Baker of Florida, Sen. William A, Graham of North Carolina, and Representatives Thomas Fuller and John Gilmer of North Carolina. "We had a small talk from each of those worthies. All are fine looking gentlemen and gave us very encouraging speeches."