NA, M&O 9/5/1864

Office Mobile & Ohio R R
Mobile Sept 5th 1864
Lt Col F W Sims
Chf R. R. Bureau
   I am glad to learn from Maj LeBaron that you have decided to organize a separate department for the auditing and payment of the Rail Roads. Since he has been assigned to that duty for our Road, we have had no just grounds for complaint, and, while protecting the interest of the Government, he has been prompt in the dispatch of business.
   I understand he has been ordered to make his head quarters at Demopolis, in view I suppose, of an attack upon this city. In the present condition of things, I think this place quite as safe as Demopolis, and there are comfortable places and conveniences here for persons having business with that Department, which are not such at that one horse village. Mobile can be as easily reached from the east or west as Demopolis, and as Agents of Rail Roads on official business pass free of charge, there will be no difference in the expense of reaching either point. I think, therefore, you will contribute to the comfort of all parties by permitting the office to remain here, and if there should be any danger of the city being taken, I will reserve a car to move him and his effects in time.
   Maj Geo Whitfield has returned to his Post at Meridian, and I am pleased to learn is now connected with your Department. I shall address you a communication in a few days in relation to him, which you will oblige me by endorsing and forwarding to the President through the proper channel. He is, the right man in the right place, and it will afford me great pleasure, if necessity requires it to render him any assistance he may desire.
Very Resp, Sir
L J Fleming
Chf Eng & Genl Supt