NA, SWT 6/20/1862

Richmond June 20th 1862
Genl. B. Bragg
Tupelo, Miss.
   I am aware of the importance of the Selma and Meridian connection; have contracted for its completion with the Ala. & Miss. {Rivers} R. R. Co. and appointed an agent to superintend it. So soon as the mortgage contracted for arrives the money will be advanced to the Company. The Act of Congress requires the work to be done under contract with the Company and does not authorize the loan on any other conditions.
G. W. Randolph
Sec. of War
Sent by telegram