NA, RR 11/18/1864

Office of Orders & Detail
C. S. Navy Department
Richmond, Va., Nov. 18th 1864
Comder Catesby ap R. Jones
Comding &c
Selma, Ala.
   Your letters of Oct 25 and Nov 1 have been received.
   Col. Sims, Chief of the Railroad Bureau, has been consulted in reference to engines and cars.
   He says that Col Hunt has an engine, the Suwanne {original RR unknown}, which you may probably obtain, and further, that if Col Hunt will make the track he is building at Selma from the depot to the river the width of the Montgomery & West Point R. R. he, Col Sims, will supply an engine for it.
   It is supposed that the engine in charge of Mr Warner, and the thirty seven coal cars in charge of Mr Jackson, will give sufficient transportation east of Montgomery.
   Both of these gentlemen have been directed to turn over to you all the coal property in their charge; and Mr Warner will be instructed to aid you in repairing engines and cars.
   After everything is transferred to you, be pleased to send an inventory, to this office of all the property you receive, state what arrangements you have made for engines and cars, how many cars you will be obliged to build with their probable cost, if it is necessary to purchase engines state their cost; also the number of detailed men you need, for agents, employees, crews of vessels, &c., with their proposed pay.
   The Department trusts that you will enforce close economy and strict accountability, in the transportation and consumption of coal.
I am very respectfully
Your Obt. Servant
S S Lee
Captain in charge