NA, S&NA 2/4/1864

Office of

South & North Alabama R. R. Company
Montgomery, Feby 4th, 1864
Major F. W. Sims
Richmond, Va.
   This Company having recently completed, by the aid of the Govmt, that part of this Rail Road penetrating the Alabama Coal fields, find it impossible to transport the coal now being delivered along our line to Selma & Montgomery. We have secured from Col. Tate, & by purchase, Six Engines. Col. Tate has one Engine here, the "West Tennessee," which Capt Ross is willing for us to take provided you authorize the transfer. Be kind enough to write me upon the receipt of this. Your help upon this matter -- I would respectfully refer ??? to Maj W. R. Stunh {?} Chief of Nitre & Mining Bureau, Selma, or to Col. Tate, at Demopolis, or to Col St John at Richmond as to the necessity of our having assistance now in the way of Cars & Machinery for the transportation of Coal & iron.
Very Respectfully
Yr Obt Sevt
F. M. Gilmer, Jr   Prst
So. & N. Ala. R. R.Co.