NA, M&O 4/27/1862

Office Mobile & Ohio R. R.
Corinth Miss April 27th 1862
General Thomas Jordan
A. Adj. Genl.
Head Quarters
   Your favor of the 24th ult., stating that Mr Chuin complained that this Road would not transport Hospital Stores from Meridian to this place, was received on my arrival here yesterday.
   I am also in receipt of an Order from Maj. Hurt directing all hospital stores to be sent by the first train after the demand for transportation is made.
   In relation to the complaint lodged by Mr Chuin, I have to say that it is contrary to the custom of this Road to impose any obstacle to the speedy transportation of Government Freight. For several days past all trains from Mobile have been fully loaded with Troops, and but one Passenger Train has come through. Application was made at Meridian by some one to put some boxes in the Baggage Car of that Train which was full of baggage, and was directed by me to take it to the Express Car, which he refused to do. 
   If the Agents of this Company have refused to ship public stores by the Mail Train the excuse may be found in the General Orders issued by Quarter Master General Myers under date of Feby 10th 1862 which contains the following clause:
   "Public Stores must not be sent by Mail Train without special orders from the Quarter Master General." These orders were reprinted by my direction and a copy given to each Agent and Conductor. I have, however, given special instructions to the Agents at Mobile, Meridian & this place to take public stores by the Mail Train whenever the requisition was made by the Commanding officer of any Post, and large amounts have been transported in this way with great expedition. The Auditor at Richmond has always refused to allow the compensation for the service, but this company has never stopped to inquire the cost to them when it could render a service to our Country. 
I am Sir
Very Respectfully
Your Obt Svt
L. J. Fleming
Chf Eng & Genl Supt