NA, ENG 7/18/1863

Engineer Bureau
Richmond July 18th 1863
Col. Chas F. M. Garnett
& Capt. Geo. E. Walker   Commissioners &c
   You will take prompt measures to purchase the iron on the Gainesville Branch {the Mississippi, Gainesville & Tuscaloosa RR} of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad -- if the purchase cannot be made on fair & reasonable terms, then you will impress the same for the use of the Government, observing strictly the laws & regulations, as published in Genl Order No. 37 53 and 85 A&I GO Current series. You will also purchase or impress the rolling stock & other iron belonging to this Branch Road.
Your obdt Servt
J. F. Gilmer
Col. Engrs & Chf of Bu.