NA, M&O 11/11/1864

Office Mobile & Ohio RR
Mobile Nov 11th 1864
Capt C. M. Williams
A. Q. M.
   I am in receipt of your favor of the 9th inst. While Genl. Hood's Army has to be supplied by this Rail Road officers must not make any calculations on local transportation as we cannot perform it, and it will be well to inform them of this fact to prevent disappointment. The regular run of the Passenger Engines is sufficient for the men & machines, and I cannot take Davis or interfere with the movement of his train again for any purpose. He has more than he can do to transport cross ties, lumber, wood and other materials required for the rebuilding & operating the Road. If the Trains are not fully loaded with other supplies, the Cars will be sent to the Mills as you request, but their movement must be subordinate to this.
   The Quarter Master who audits our accounts under instructions from the Quarter Master General has notified us that no signatures on shipping papers of Government Freight will be recognized but those of Quarter Masters.
   This effectually prevents the shipment of Government Freight to any point where there is no Quarter Master, and I shall be forced to instruct our Agents accordingly.
Very Respectfully
L. J. Fleming
Chf Eng & Genl Sup