NA, M&GN 3/16/1863

Office Mobile & Great Northern Rail Road Co.
Mobile, March 16th 1863
Gen D Ledbetter
Dear Sir,
   The bearer of this A S Gaines Esq desires to obtain a Captaincy in the Corps of Engineers provided for under the late act of Congress.
   Mr Gaines is a Civil Engineer by profession and has been for years engaged in the construction of Rail Roads in this State & ??? ??? has had commendable practicable experience in his profession.
   I know of no man of better habits or higher moral character and I have no doubt should he obtain the position he seeks that he would discharge its duties with advantage to the service and honor to himself. Hoping you may find it consistent with your official duties to forward his ???.
I remain your
obt sevt
Wm D. Dunn  {President, Mobile & Great Northern RR}