NA, ENG 7/26D/1864

Engineer Bureau
July 26th 1864
Lt. Col. Minor Meriwether
Savannah, Ga or Montgomery, Ala.
   On application from this Bureau the Hon Sec'y of War has authorized the removal of the iron from the Gainesville Branch {Mississippi, Gainesville & Tuscaloosa RR} of the Mobile & Ohio R. R. In so doing however he directs that negotiations be attempted for purchase of the iron from the company, at a reasonable price, and if this cannot be done the power of impressment may then be resorted to.
   Time is important.
Respy &c
J. F. Gilmer
Maj. Genl. &c