AL, A&MR 7/12/1862

Montgomery, Ala., July 12th, 1862

To Col Sam Tate  {in charge of completing the Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR from Selma to Meridian}
Military Department Demopolis
   General Sturdivant must fill the requisition {for impressed slaves} on Sumter {County} for Oven Bluff {defensive works on the Tombigbee River 8 air miles south of Jackson, Ala.} by order of Genl Forney and the manner of doing it must be left to his discretion. The hands are needed immediately
Jno. Gill Shorter
Gov of Ala