NA, RRB 3/16/1863

Office Mobile & Ohio R. R.
Mobile March 16th/63
Brig Genl D. Ledbetter
   I am informed that Captain A. S. Gaines is an applicant for the position of Captain in the Engineer Corps recently established by Congress.
   He was employed by me for several years as Assistant Engineer in the construction of the Mobile & Ohio R. R. and discharged his duties with entire satisfaction to the Company as well as myself. He is strictly temperate in his habits, has great energy, and is every way qualified for the position he seeks.
Very Respectfully
Your Obt Sevt
L. J. Fleming
Chf Engr & Genl Supt
{written in a different hand}
Engineer Office Mobile
March 16, 1863
Mr. A. S. Gaines has been employed for some months as Supt. for one Division of the force engaged on the City entrenchments. In that capacity he has given entire satisfaction, and I consider him worthy of the appointment which he seeks.
D. Ledbetter
Brig Genl & Engr.