NA, DAMEL 2/21/1865

Meridian Feby 21 65
Maj Genl M L Smith
   Present condition of affairs render it infinitely more important to place all available labor on fortifications than on R Rs. I therefore request you will at once order Engineer negroes at work now on Ga RRs back to this department to report to Engineer officer of District of Central Alabama. Please answer.
R Taylor
Lt Genl
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