NA, M&O 9/1/1864

Spotswood Hotel
Septr 1st 1864
Honb J. A. Seddon
Secy of War
   As a director of the Mobile & Ohio R. R. Co. I am charged with its interests here, and am requested by L. C. Fleming Esqr. Chf. Engr & Genl. Super. of the Road, to apply to you for the detail of machinists to work in the shops in the repair of the machinery of that road. They are not to be found in that department, and the details are necessarily asked from the dept. of Ga. or Tenn. or wherever men may be found.
   Mr. Fleming assures me that these machinists are indispensible to the running of  the road, and that without them transportation over it must stop. It is with reluctance that application is made for the withdrawal of a single man from active service, but the necessity of case compels it, and it is a transfer of the men to another service, in which they may be equally useful. 
   The importance of this road connected with the military transportation of the government is known to yourself, and the application is respectfully submitted, with the request to be informed if the details will be made as asked by the Superintendent.
Very Resp yr obt svt
John J. McRae
{on reverse of letter}
Qr. Mr. Genls Office
Sept 7, 1864
Respectfully referred to Lieut. Col. F. W. Sims Supt. R. R. Transpn.
There are no persons designated in this application whom he desires to have detailed, therefore, this office cannot take any action in the matter.
A. R. Lawton
Qr. Mr. Genl
Richmond Sep 9/64
Respy retn to Q.M.Genl. Have addressed Judge McRae a letter upon this subject.
F. W. Sims
LtCol & Q. M.