NA, QMR 10/18A/1862

Richmond Va.
October 18th 1862
Informing QM Genl that the practice of carrying ordnance and ordnance stores on the mail train is doubly expensive to the Government and subjects the RR to heavy fines from the PO Dept on account of delay in making mail connections and suggests, in the future, that no ordnance or ordnance stores be transported in the mail train expect in certain cases. Encloses letters from Col Smith AQM Genl & Chs G Talcott {Superintendent, Richmond & Danville RR} enclosing telegram from RR Agent at Junction relative.
Capt Mason Morfit
Capt Morfit is quite right. Let none be sent except on my orders or in case of evident emergency as for example, to an army preparing for immediate action. J. Gorgas
Entry in Quartermaster General's Letters Received Register