NA, DMEL 2/17/1863

Hd Qrs Dept Mis & E La
Jackson Feb 17 1863
J. Jemison Jr
Presdt N. E. & S. W. RR  {North East & South West Alabama RR}
   The construction of your road connecting by an almost direct line Chattanooga Tenn with Meridian Miss is one of great importance in a military point of view. At this time it would be of the greatest moment connecting the armies of this Dept and that of Tenn. I hope every facility and assistance will be furnished by the people and the Government for thee early completion of this work.
I am Sir
Very Respy &c
J. C. Pemberton
Lt Genl Comdg