NA, RRB 5/22/1864

Head Quarters
Meridian Miss, May 22, 1864
Mr. L. J. Fleming
Supt M&O RR   {Mobile & Ohio RR}
   Enclosed you will find an order relieving the employees of your road from future draft, until a proper investigation of the matter can be made. As Genl Lee has properly no control over the officers of the Conscript Bureau, he requests that you will forward to him, as soon as possible, a statement showing the number of employees upon the road, and whether the number is in excess of the provision made by the Act of Congress approved 17th Feby 1864. As you will see by referring to that act application must be made to the Sec of War for any increase of the number provided by law.
Very respt
Your obt sevt
W. Eliott
A. A. G.