B21, VS&T 2/11/1863

Shreveport, La.
Feb. 11th 1863
Mr. J. M. Waskam
Jonesville, Texas
   I have received as yet, no communication from the President and Directors of the Vicksburg, Shreveport & Texas Rail Road in reference to the Rail-road iron and spikes at this place. I have appropriated the loose iron and spikes for the use of the gunboat building here {CSS Missouri}.
   I shall not take up any of the track here, unless it may be absolutely necessary.
   A careful account will be kept of all the iron and spikes that may be used by the gunboat Contractors.
I am very respectfully
Your obt. servt.
J. H. Carter
Lieut. C. S. N.