NA, ENG 4/12/1864

Engineer Bureau
April 12th, 1864
Col. John S. Preston
Ch'f of Bureau of Conscription
   A letter has just been received from Mr. A. L. Maxwell Bridge contractor in which he states that he had applied through the enrolling officer in Macon, Ga. for the detail of his workmen, that the application had been referred to your Bureau for decision & no reply had been recd. Mr. Maxwell is a contractor of character & reputation: he has recently contracted for the reconstruction of the very important R. R. bridge {on the Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR} over the Tombigbee R. at Demopolis Ala. and as the men whose detail he desires to obtain are needed for the performance of his contract, I earnestly recommend his application to your favorable attention and resp'y request prompt action.
Very Resp'y &c
A. L. Rives
Col. &c &c