NA, SWT 5/28/1862

Richmond May 28th 1862
Brig. General J. H. Forney
   The iron of the Ala. and Fla. {(of Florida)} Rail Road having been taken up to Pine Barren as I am informed, should not be removed further without great necessity. I am informed that it is not necessary for the Selma & Meridian connection {Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR}, and have indicated to Mr. A. S. Gaines, the agent of the Department, sources of supply for the iron required. Report by telegraph the facts and your opinion.
G. W. Randolph
Sec. of War
Sent by telegram