NA, ENG 7/18D/1863

Engineer Bureau
July 18th 1863
Mr. D. H. Kinney
Richmond, Va.
   Having been appointed by Col. Chas F. M. Garnett & Capt. Geo E. Walker Engrs & Commissioners an Agent for the removal of iron from the "Alabama & Florida RRd of Florida," the Gainesville Branch of Ohio & Mobile RRd, "the Cahaba, Marion & Greensboro RR", the Uniontown & Newbern RRd {the Alabama & Mississippi RR}, you will proceed without delay to Montgomery Ala, West Florida & to such other points as may be necessary to the prompt performance of the duty entrusted to you. You will apply to the officers in comd of the forces in the district of the Gulf & in the Dept of Miss & East Louisiana for such assistance & protection as they can give. You will urge upon these commanders the great need there is for iron to keep the main lines of RRd in repair for transporting troops or various supplies for the respective armies.
Your obt Servt
J. F. Gilmer
Col Engrs & Chf of Bu