NA, SWR 10/1/1862

Southern Telegraph Form
Received at Richmond Oct 1 1862 at       o'clock       minutes
By telegraph from Demopolis  1    To Hon Geo W Randolph
   Many parties have withdrawn their negroes from the Ala & Miss Rail Road {Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR} & refuse to return them to the work. as every effort to hire negroes has proved unsuccessful impressing becomes necessary or this important work will be retarded for months when with an efficient force it would be completed by first Nov I respy suggest you will give a special {the rest of the document is too dark to be read.}
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Capt & AQM