NA, QM 4/25/1863

Quartermaster General's Department
Richmond, April 25, 1863
Dr. G. G. Griffin
Prest. Ala. & Miss. R. Rd   {President, Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR}
Demopolis, Ala.
   The Alabama & Florida {of Florida} Rail Road Company claim, for the iron etc taken from their Road, a higher price than that fixed by Mr. Samuel Tate in his estimate, which established the rates paid by your Company for the iron used upon the Mississippi & Alabama {Rivers} Road. In regard to this claim the Secretary of War has decided that the value of the iron should be ascertained as of the date when it was taken.
   Evidence has been presented showing higher prices, than those estimated by Mr. Tate, to have been paid for Rail Road iron; but the proofs filed in the papers are not deemed conclusive or complete.
   It is particularly desirable that full evidence and information should be supplied as to the ruling prices or value of iron etc at the precise date when the iron was taken from the Alabama & Florida Rail Road. I have to request, therefore, that, at as early a date as may be practicable, you will transmit to this office, as complete information on this point as can be obtained.
A C. Myers, Q. M. Genl.