NA, SWT 7/15/1862

Richmond, July 15th 1862
Samuel Tate
Montgomery, Ala.
   I shall not interfere without hearing from Gen. Bragg, and if the iron is absolutely necessary I shall not interfere at all. But the parties represent that iron can be had at Atlanta or other points nearer to the Road. If this be so, it is not advisable to incur the increased expense for transportation and to interfere unnecessarily with the iron of the Ala. & Florida Road. Will not their iron be needed for the Montgomery & Selma Road?
G. W. Randolph
Secretary of War
Sent by telegram
{I believe this is concerning the removal of iron from the Alabama & Florida (of Florida) RR for the use on the Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR}