NA, QM 9/3C/1861

Quartermaster General's Department
Richmond, Va., Sept 3, 1861
Mr. Samuel Tate {President, Memphis & Charleston RR}
Memphis, Tenn.
   The Virginia roads require additional motive power for the immediate movement of accumulated Government freight at Knoxville & Bristol. Can you supply three locomotives for a short time, it is a necessity. The Government require and must have them. Answer immediately.
A C. Myers, Q. M. General
Sent by telegram