NA, AC 6/30/1862

University of Virginia

June 30th 1862
Lieut Col. Gorgas
Chief of Ordnance, Richmond
   I duly received your communication of the 19th of May, requesting me to proceed as soon as possible to Columbus, Miss: & report to Major W. R. Hunt, Ordnance Officer for the examinations of deposits of lead &c under his directions."
   In obedience to your request, I left home on the 24th of May & reported to Maj. Hunt, at Columbus, on the 3rd of June. From him I received instructions under date of June the 4th to proceed to Shelby Co. Ala: & examine the county along the line of the Rail Road, for lead & nitre." *****
   ***** The Alabama Coal Mining Co. has been for a number of years, and is still in successful operations. The mine is situated about 3 miles from Montevallo, and the same distance from the Alabama & Ten. {River} Rail Road, with which it is connected by a branch road. The coal is rich in bituminous matter, and is quite free from sulphur, and is much esteemed as fuel;, and for the manufacture of Gas, for which purpose it is used in Montgomery, Selma, Mobile, & other southern cities. *****
Respectfully Submitted
S. Maupin