AR, A&F(FL) 5/1/1867 S

Annual Report of the Alabama & Florida (of Florida) RR
as of May 1, 1867
Superintendent's Report
Office of Ala. & Fla. R. R. Com. (of Fla.)
Pensacola, May 1st, 1867
To President, Directors and Shareholders Ala. & Fla. R. R. Com. (of Fla.)
   The companies against which suits have been brought are:
Mobile & Great Northern Railroad Company
Alabama & Florida Railroad Company of Alabama
North & South Alabama Railroad Company
Montgomery & West Point Railroad Company
Selma & Meridian Railroad Company
Northeast & Southwest Alabama Railroad Company
Alabama & Tennessee River Railroad Company
Arrangements were made for bringing suit against the Wilmington & Manchester Railroad Company in North Carolina for two engines which had been placed upon that road (the Dart and Perseverance) when they agreed to place the engines in the order required, and return them to us at Pollard, Alabama, at their own expense -- paying us three thousand dollars in consideration of a settlement. These engines were returned to us in December last, and were hired to the Alabama & Florida Railroad Company of Alabama, at the rate of twenty dollars a day each. They are still employed on that road.
1,012 tons, 384 lbs. railroad iron
3,726 cast chairs 70,511 lbs
1,190 wrought chairs (lip) 8,925   "
416         "         "    (sleeve) 5,824   "
34,265 lbs. spikes
2 cast frogs weighing 1,450 lbs
   Six switch stands were taken from our road for the purpose (as was stated at the time) of being placed on the Montgomery & West Point Railroad.
   Of this property, the evidence shows there were actually delivered to the Montgomery & West Point Railroad Company, and used in repairs of their road --
608 tons, 12 cwt. 1 qr. 43 lbs. rails, 20,317 lbs spikes
13,290 lbs. cast chairs, 14,749 lbs. wrought iron chairs
1 cast frog weighing 800 pounds
   Delivered to North & South Alabama Railroad Company {South & North Alabama RR}--
120 bars railroad, 120 chairs
   Placed on the connection between depot of Alabama & Florida Railroad Company, of Ala., and depot of Montgomery & West Point Railroad Company --
193 tons, 1 cwt. 1 qr. 12 lbs. rails
19,988 lbs. chairs, 9,900 lbs. spikes
   There are 65 long bars, 4 short bars, 81 chairs near the depot of Montgomery & West Point Railroad Company ready to be turned over to this Company on demand.
   For the balance of this property -- to wit:
175 tons, 16 cwt. 2 qrs. 24 lbs. rails, 4,053 lbs. spikes
36,363 lbs. chairs, 1 frog, 6 switch stands
we took for payment to the Alabama & Florida Railroad Company, of Ala.
   There were taken from Alabama & Florida Railroad (of Fla.) to form the connection between Selma and Meridian --
2,291 tons, 7 cwt. 13 lbs. railroad iron
6,762 wrought chairs, weighing 54,096 lbs.
4,277 cast chairs, weighing 68,432 lbs.
5 frogs, weighing 4,500 lbs.
2 switch stands, 63,917 lbs spikes
   The Selma & Meridian Railroad Company was operating the whole line between Selma and Meridian, and was understood to claim ownership of this iron. It was known, however, that a portion of the road bed was claimed as belonging to a Company known as the Northeast & Southwest Alabama Railroad Company. When suite was brought against Selma & Meridian Railroad Company for foreclosure of the mortgage, the Northeast & Southwest Alabama Railroad Company was made a party. The evidence shows that of the above property, 1191 tons, 1176 lbs. rails, 85,341 lbs. chairs, spikes, frogs, 1 switch stand, were placed on the bed of the Selma and Meridian Railroad proper, as distinguished from the Northeast & Southwest Alabama Railroad.
   The evidence shows 1062 tons rails, 27,048 lbs. wrought chairs, 34,216 lbs. cast chairs, 43,440 lbs. spikes, 900 lbs. frogs, were placed upon the bed of the Northeast & Southwest Alabama Railroad proper, as distinguished from the Selma & Meridian Railroad, both roads forming the connection between Selma and Meridian. This leaves to be accounted for, 37 tons, 1 qr. 25 lbs. rails. For this we must look either to the Mobile & Great Northern Railroad Company, or Mobile & Ohio Railroad Company.
   Eighty (80) rails, with the requisite chairs and spikes, were placed on a siding of the Mobile & Great Northern Railroad. For this, suit has been brought against that company.
   Of the iron used for Mobile defenses, an account of which was given in a former report, that which was found was so cut up and bolted down as to be hardly worthy the attempt to recover it from the Government. An attempt, however, was made, but so many difficulties were found in the way that the effort was abandoned.
   The history of the seizure and appropriation of our rolling stock was given in a former report.
   After the seizure, it was first divided between the Mobile & Great Northern Railroad, and Alabama & Florida Railroad, of Ala; subsequently a portion was transferred to the Alabama & Tennessee River Railroad, and, as before stated, two engines were placed on the Wilmington & Manchester Railroad in North Carolina.
   When the war closed, the assets of the Company consisted of what remained of road bed and bridging between Pensacola and State line -- a distance of forty-five miles.
   About eight miles of iron remaining near Pensacola.
   A contract for 1,000,000 brick paid for in Confederate paper.
   154,000 acres of land mortgaged to secure the indebtedness of the Company
   The remains of cotton purchased.
   Sugar and syrup estimated at $1,000 in value.
   The Company had claims upon other Railroad Companies for property taken during the war, which were estimated in our annual report of 1865 at $297,469.
   The bond indebtedness of the Company, bills payable, and past due interest, amounted to $616,096.
{Extract from Statement A, Statement of Cotton Purchases}
Date By whom purchased No. bales
1863 -- Sept. 5 J. H. Mulford, Columbus, Georgia 78
Oct. 29 J. R. Jones, Columbus, Georgia 128
Oct. 20 Gilmer & Co., Montgomery 175
1863 & 1864 W. J. Keyser 718
1861 -- Dec. 21 Geo. W. Hutton, of Jas. Knowles 26
1865 -- Jan. 19 Goe. W. Hutton, of J. M. Yeldell 100
Total Bales Purchased 1,225
Total Cost $118,886.23
None of this cotton was sent through the blockade
   The last report made to the stockholders prior to the evacuation, was made by me as General Superintendent, 5th May, 1862, there being no President.
   In June, 1862, I was elected by your Board, President of the Company. It was a season of trial -- the position one of great -- of grave -- responsibility, but one which I felt -- under the circumstances, I could not decline. In the performance of the duties appertaining to that station, I have avoided no labor -- no hazard -- no care.
   My Annual Report of May, 1866, was the first made directly to the stockholders since May, 1862 -- the evacuation of Pensacola and the impossibility of obtaining a proper representation of the stockholders in any meeting which might be called operating to prevent an attempt to convene you.
   Annual reports were, however, made, showing in the main what had been done in the endeavor to avert total ruin and bankruptcy from Pensacola and her people.
   A full history of what has been done was not given, it cannot be given now -- it is not deemed proper to do so -- unless and until success eventually crowns the efforts which have been and continue to be made.
O. M. Avery
Gen'l. Sup't.