NA, RR 4/15/1862

Corinth Miss
April 15th 1862
Col. Thos Jordan
   On receipt of orders from Head Quarters "to have all the machinery & rolling stock on the Memphis & Charleston Rail road as far east as Stephenson moved west of Corinth," I immediately instructed Capt W J Ross Genl Supt of the road to stop all trains going east of Corinth, & to use all possible dispatch to forward the machinery & rolling stock as ordered.
   On the next day, the General ordered that the passenger train to continue regular trips & I relayed my order to conform to the Generals wish.
   I send you herewith a letter handed me by Col. Sam Tate President of the Road containing his & the superintendents report touching the loss of Locomotives, Cars & Machinery at Huntsville & other points on the road. I have not read the report, but hope it will relieve those officers from the summary disregard of orders.
Very Respectfully
Your obt Svt
Robt B Hurt
Military Supt R. Roads