NA, L&N 12/15/1861

Quartermasters Office
Bowling Green
Dec 15 1861
Maj Geo B Cosly
A. A. Genl.
   In accordance with special order No -- issued from your office, I have made a partial examination of L. & N. R. R. Branch from Bowling Green to Nashville. {This was the main line of the Louisville & Nashville RR}
   I find the road badly managed and in my opinion the Superintendent and many of the employees of the Road are wholly Incompetent to fill the places occupied by then. I saw men actually in the capacity of Breaksmen so much intoxicated as to be wholly incompetent to attend to their duties.
   I am of the opinion from the best information that I can get that many of the accidents that have occurred lately come from negligence or from the utter co??ness of the employees especially the accident of the 13th. More men should be employed as Breaksmen and men not habitual drunkards. There should also be employed in the depot at this place a few good Porters or Depot men.
   The Rolling Stock of the Road is not kept in good repair and when an accident does occur the cars are not promptly repaired. No water is provided for Passengers during the trips.
   Trains laden with the sick are kept on the trip to Nashville as much as Twelve Hours sometimes without water.
Most Respectfully
Saml K Hays
Maj  QM 2nd Div.