NA, RR 1/22/1864

Macon Geo. Jany 22nd 1864
Hon. Dr. Thomas Me??
Dear Sir,
{The document is the forwarding of a long letter from Captain Grant regarding the changing the gauge of the Montgomery & West Point RR and the stocking of some railroads with "refugee" rolling stock from roads now in the hands of the enemy. The National Archives copy is covered with many, many small dots which make it impossible to decipher enough consecutive words to get more than a general sense of the document. The endorsements below (and documents in the Engineer Bureau Letter Book) are clear and shed some light on the contents.}
I am Colonel
Very Respectfully
Your obt svt
L. P. Grant
Capt Engrs
Engineer Bureau 15 Mch 64
Respy provided to Lt. Col. F. W. Sims for his consideration with request that the papers be returned. The Hon. Sec. of War is much interested on the within question of guage & Col. Sims' attention is earnestly requested
A. L. Rives
Lt. Col. & Actng Chf. Beu.
Railroad Bureau Mch 18/64
Respy retd to Col. A. L. Rives. A communication from C. T. Pollard Esq Prest M&WP RRd has already been forwarded to the War Dept, in which the change suggested is discussed. The changes I do not consider practicable, though it is possible, ??? even after it ????? our condition would not be bettered materially, if at all. 
F. W. Sims
Lt. Col. & Q. M.
For conference with Lt Col Sims
22 Mch 64