NA, M&C 4/x/1862

W. J. Ross Supt.
   How many engines & cars did we have at Huntsville? Instruct Jones or any one else we have at Decatur to destroy the two old spans of bridge, take up the floor out of the remainder and turn or destroy the draw. Report condition of matters to Genl Beauregard and do what he instructs you to do. But I suggest the necessity of getting every car we have west of Corinth, clear out Decatur, Tuscombia, Iuka, and Burnsville at once. did the troops get through from Stevenson last night, you reported on the way. Can you learn whether the Enemy destroyed our shops and depot at Huntsville or not. 
Sam. Tate
General, the distance from Huntsville to Decatur is only 24 miles