NA, QMR 5/28/1864

Demopolis Ala.
May 28, 1864
Genl. A. R. Lawton
Q. M. General
Richmond, Va
   Your telegram has been received and instructions carried out. I think the organization of the Q. M. Dept. is now in a much better condition in this State than when I reached here. I have used every exertion to bring this greatly desired object about, and think that everything will work much better here in future. The Montgomery & West Point R. R. is now being used to its utmost capacity in transporting supplies for the Army of Tenn. there has not been as much corn moved over it this week as last owing to the movement of troops.
   I am now returning from a trip up the Mobile & Ohio R. R. I visited Columbus Miss on that road. I learn from Maj. Hamilton Contracting Q. M. for the State of Miss, that there is not as much tithe corn on the line of that road as I was led to believe and that no great quantity is behind, as the assessor fixed the price of corn at one dollar per bushel, and the farmers are commuting as they were privileged to do so at an advance of 50 pr. ct. on the crop of 1863. I have therefore ordered the purchase of (200000) two hundred thousand bushels corn at Government price which is $1.65 per bushel, and which corn will cost the government less than purchases now being made in Alabama. ????? will not affect the transportation of the corn there purchased as it will go to Montgomery by rail via Mobile.
   In conclusion General I have the honor to subscribe myself
Very Respectfully
Your obt servt.
T. I. Noble
Maj. & Q. M.