NA, DAMELA 7/25B/1864

Hd Qrs Dept Ala Miss & E. La.
Montgomery, Ala., July 25th 1864
Col. J. W. Patton
Pollard, Ala
   Genl Maury directs me to say, that it has become necessary for the iron of the Ala & Florida {(of Florida)} rail road to be taken up, and applied to the replacement of the iron of the Montgomery & W. P. rail road, recently destroyed by the enemy.
   Mr. S. G. Jones is the appointed Agent to carry the above into execution, and the Major Genl comdg directs that you afford him & his employees, every protection, and give them every assistance you can, while engaged in the work.
Very respectfully
Yr obdt Servt
D. W. Flowence
PS You can explain to Mr Avery the necessity for the above order. Let the work be done as quickly as possible.