His Excellency, President Davis
My Dear Sir
I have accepted the proposition of Col. Northrop, Com. General to collect with my own agents all the supplies possible in Eastern No. Ca. And my Agents are already down there at work. Two of the richest counties in the state are Gates & Hertford and I am extremely anxious to strip them first. It is necessary however to have some protection and assistance from the troops. I therefore earnestly request that you will order gen. French to send Col. Ferebee’s Regt. 59th (who were raised in that section) with a section of Artillery to Winton on the Chowan. By so doing the who County of Hertford could be stripped in their rear and much brought across the Chowan from Gates. It seems to me this can be done with great advantage to the service.
Z. B. Vance
State of North Carolina
Raleigh, Nov. 12th 1862