NA, RR 11/21/1862

Southern Telegraph Form
Received at Richd Nov 21 1862 at           o'clock,         minutes
By the telegraph from Savannah To S R Mallory
   Roberts control the road iron & other govt freight delayed for private speculation Gen Mercer has ordered rep?? to no purpose the only remedy is in Genl Mercer being authorized by Secty of War to take control of road he concurs in this & asks for orders from Beauregard who thought Secty should issue the order the Nav dept must have iron at once or discontinue its efforts obtain the order for Genl Mercer to take control of the Sat. & Ga RR & all will be well.  {This must refer to the Atlantic & Gulf RR, whose acting President at the time was Hiram Roberts}
J G Miner
Agt Navy Dept