NA, M&C 10/2/1861

Memphis & Charleston Railroad
Superintendent's Office
Memphis, Oct. 2nd, 1861
Genl. Johnston
Dr Sir,
   I saw a considerable lot of Guns, arrived here last Sunday, by Express. I saw these guns, in the Express office to day (Thursday Evening) ought not the ordinance department to act with more promptness when we need guns in the army so bad. We ought to have a good ordinance officer here. Mr. Hurt who is now acting has no appointment. We lost the most valuable machine shop we had in the city last night by fire it is a severe loss.
Yours in ???
Sam Tate