NA, QM 12/19A/1863

Quartermaster General's Department
Richmond, Dec. 19th 1863
Major L. Hillyer
Selma, Ala.
   It is reported that soldiers having transportation from Selma to Meridian are charged one dollar each for passage upon the Steamers plying between Demopolis and McDowell.
   This must be corrected, and you are authorized to contract with the Alabama & Mississippi Rivers Rail Road Company for the transportation of soldiers over the River at the Government expense.
   You will report such contract as you may make to Major F. W. Sims, Superintendent of the Rail Road Bureau,. in this City, for his approval.
A. R. Lawton, Q. M. Genl.