AR, M&GN 4/1/1865 CE

Annual Report of the Mobile & Great Northern RR
as of April 1, 1865,
Chief Engineer's Report
Chief Engineer's Report for 1864-'65
Office Chief Engineer and General Superintendent
Mobile & Great Northern Railroad
Mobile, April 1, 1865
Colonel W. D. Dunn
President Mobile & Great Northern Railroad Company
   The following report of the last year's operations of the road is respectfully submitted. The receipts were cut short on the 23d of March, and to that date have been as follows:
For transportation of passengers $342,338.38
For transportation of freight 294,012.70
For transportation of express 15,989.59
For transportation of mail 10,400.00
For car rent 3,878.73
For sale of supplies, &c 45,937.19
     Total receipts from all sources 712,556.50
The operating expenses have been as follows:
Steamboat expenses 48,915.96
Conducting transportation 45,455.01
Motive power 141,650.40
Maintenance of way 113,508.84
Maintenance of cars 10,125.13
Car rent 17,872.35
     Total operating expenses 377,527.69
     Or about 53 per cent. of the total receipts
To the operating expenses must be added on account of taxes 57,370.80
Premium on bonds 28,662.96
     Total expenditures 463,561.45
There is yet due the company on account of the above receipts, from the Confederate States quartermasters' department 226,170.33
Post Office department 10,400.00
John T. Milner & Co. 5,500.00
     Total 232,070.33
   The last regular train passed over the road March 23, when we were forced by the movements of the federal forces to withdraw the rolling stock and hands. A train of one engine and ten cars was sent up the Alabama & Florida road for safety, under the care of Mr. W. B. Riley, one of our most efficient and faithful officers.
   Mr. Riley was delayed at Pollard by assurances from the military authorities that there was no immediate danger. The train was captured and destroyed at Gravella station, and the officers carried to Ship island as prisoners.
   The remaining machinery has been removed to this side of the bay, and is now at work on the Mobile & Ohio railroad, hauling wood for the government.
   Your road has shared largely, during the past year, in the misfortunes and trials incident to the war. The geographical position of the road has been a source of peculiar difficulty, running as it does almost parallel with the federal lines, and but a short distance removed.
   It has been, at all times, subject to raiding parties, and this made it difficult to secure the necessary labor to keep up the ordinary repairs. These difficulties have been met in a great measure by General Maury, to whom the company should feel under many obligations, for the enlarged spirit with which he has at all times met their demands.
   Added to the misfortunes growing out of the revolution, the country has been visited by extraordinary floods, sweeping away bridges and earthworks that had stood the test of many years' service.
   On the 7th of November, your road was swept over by one of these unusual freshets, and the bridges at Little and Big Escambia, Brushy creek, Perdido and Bushy creek, were partially destroyed, and large sections of embankments carried away at each one of the above-named points. Thus the company sustained a large loss of business, and heavy expenses for repairs.
   The repairs were completed on the 14th day of December, but the fruits of our labor were enjoyed only about twelve hours, as a raiding party of federal troops appeared upon the road the next morning and destroyed the Escambia bridge, only completed the night before. At the same time the passenger house and depot at Pollard were burned, and we were again thrown upon the work of repairs, and a large amount of business lost. It is not hard to appreciate the difficulties attending railroad management under such circumstances.
Very respectfully,
G. Jordan
Chief Engineer and Superintendent