NA, DAMELA 5/29/1864

Hd Qrs Dept Ala Miss & E. La.
Meridian Miss May 29th 1864
Mr. J. W. Dubose
Impressing Agt.
Lauderdale Station
   Genl Lee directs me to say in reply to your letter of the 20th inst. that he wishes you to impress the full number of slaves originally ordered for the completion of the Ala. & Miss Rivers R. R. as it is necessary that the road should be completed at the earliest practicable moment.
   You will please notify Col Blount that Genl Lee has directed that the original orders should be carried out, and that the necessity of the case would not admit of the delay which would ensue by sending these instructions through him.
I am Sir,
Very Respectfully
Yr obdt Servt
A. A. Genl.