NA, SWT 6/21/1862

Richmond June 21st 1862
A. S. Gaines Esq.
   Has the taking possession of the road been with the consent of the Ala. & Miss. {Rivers} R. R. Co. or not? If they object, Genl B. Bragg's order will be countermanded. I do not understand why in a work of such importance the mortgage should be trusted to the mail, instead of being sent on by a special agent, authorized to draw the money. Is the Co. desirous of carrying out its contract, or does it [prefer to have the road seized by military authority?
G. W. Randolph
Sec. of War
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