NA, ENG 7/18A/1863

Engineer Bureau
Richmond July 18th 1863
Hon. James A. Seddon
Secy of War
   I have the honor to request that instructions be given to the officers commanding the Dept of Miss & Eastern Louisiana & the District of the Gulf, to give all possible assistance & protection to Mr. D. H. Kenney the Agent assigned to the duty of purchasing or impressing the iron and rolling stock as belonging to the following Roads viz:
1st Alabama & Florida RRd of Florida
2d Gainesville Branch {Mississippi, Gainesville & Tuscaloosa RR} Mobile & Ohio RRd
3d Cahaba Marion & Greensboro RRd
4 Uniontown & Newbern RRD {Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR}
   The iron to be removed from these roads should be taken up as promptly as possible, and to this end the Agent to whom is Committed should have full protection and assistance from the Military Commanders
I am Sir Respectfully &c
J. F. Gilmer
Col. of Engrs & Chf of Bu.