NA, S&M 7/4/1862

Head Quarters Department Nr 2
Tupelo Miss, July 4th 1862
Col. S. Tate
President M & Charleston R. R.   {President, Memphis & Charleston RR}
   As you have kindly consented to take the general Superintendence of the work on completing the Meridian & Selma R. Road {the Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR}, the Commanding General instructs me to request you to repair to Demopolis, Alabama at your earliest convenience, and relieve Capt. T. H. Thompson, C. S. A.
   The principal object of taking military control of this important work is to give such aid to the Company that it may be completed in the shortest time possible, and render it available for military purposes. You will therefore please confer freely with the officers of the Company in question who have at their disposition a loan of one hundred & fifty thousand dollars. You will doubtless be able so to arrange matters, that while the interests of the Company shall be properly secured, all possible expedition may be given to the completion of the work. You are fully authorized to employ all necessary Engineers, Agents, Overseers &c &c. Labor will be obtained by hire -- material by purchase -- where practicable, but military necessity and the high public interests depending on the most ????? of the work, will justify impressment whenever obstacles are interposed. It is hoped, however, this may be avoided, but if not, you will promptly resort to it. It is anticipated, especially, that you may find it difficult to secure all the Iron, Spikes &c for the road without impressment. In all such cases impress promptly and firmly, taking the needful articles from available sources where the least damage will be done or burden imposed.
   Pleased to secure your services at this time, the General entrusts the work to you, with every confidence in your known energy and long experience, well assured of an early and successful completion of the work. 
   Please inform the General of the condition on which you may find the work and from time to time, of the progress made under your direction.
Yr Obdt Servt
Thomas Jordan
Chief of Staff
   I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of an original order issues to me by Genl Braxton Bragg, on the 4th day July 1862. Under the authorization of which I made a contract with the Cahaba, Marion & Greensboro RR Co for Iron Rails, Chairs & Spikes on account of which I have this day certified in ??? of said Company for Ninety five thousand four hundred and eighteen 63/100 dollars. Signed in duplicate.
Sam Tate Mil Supt
Meridian & Selma RR Co
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Part of a letter to Sec of Treas. in relation to R. R. in Ga. & Ala.
Selma & Meridian
Reports of Sec. of Treas.
1861 to
Feb. 17, 1862