NA, ENG 12/9B/1862

Engineer Bureau
December 9th 1862
Capt. L. P. Grant
Corps of Provl. Engrs.
Atlanta, Geo.
   You may enter into agreements with the Rail Road companies for the complete preparation of the Roadway -- including the delivery of crossties -- for the length of Rail Road between Rome, Georgia and Blue Mountain, Ala. {the Alabama & Tennessee River RR} making distinct stipulations of the proposition of the loan to be applied to this part of the work, the agreements to be approved, before binding the Government, by the Secretary of War.
   The power of the War Department will be extended to procure the requisite iron for the road.
   Your letter of the 3d inst. naming the roads that can be despoiled of iron has been received and is under consideration.
Very Respectfully
Your Obt. Servt.
J. F. Gilmer
Colonel of Engrs. & Chief of Engr. Bu.