AL, M&O 1/31/1862

Montgomery, Ala., 31st Jany, 1862

To Genl G Polk
Columbus {KY}
   This state has two thousand bags of salt {about 13 car loads -- an entire train} at Columbus. It is required at Mobile for immediate use. Can it not be shipped on Mobile & Ohio Rail Road
Jno. Gill Shorter
Gov of Ala