In 1912, the US Army sent a convoy of trucks on a 1,500 mile trip from Washington, D.C. to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana. The purpose was to determine if automotive vehicles could replace the army mule. Captain (later Brigadier-General) Alexander Williams, a native of Cumberland County, was the leader of the convoy that tackled the terrible roads and winter weather in North Carolina. The overall route passed through seven states and took fifty days. Getting through North Carolina took three weeks. Daniels recounts the journey.