OR, Series 1, Vol. 16, Part 2, Page 836

Chattanooga, Tenn., September 16, 1862
General Braxton Bragg
Commanding in the Field
   Your letter of the 12th instant to me, with the telegrams of the same date to General Price and Breckinridge, and your telegram of the 6th to Colonel [Samuel] Tare, superintendent Memphis and Charleston Railroad, were received a few [days?] since. The telegrams have been dispatched, and the instructions conveyed in your letter will be immediately carried out.
   Major-General McCown informed me by letter of the 10th that Smith's Legion was on the way to co-operate with General Stevenson in cutting off a party of the enemy about Big Creek and Rogers' Gaps. I have informed General McCown by telegraph of your instructions to me in regard to Smith's Legion, and have some hope that the command under General Maxey will overtake it. Maxey's command shall be immediately put in motion. The party (1,400) of stragglers and convalescents under Captain Taylor is but 3 or 4 miles on the other side of the river. It will recross to-day and go with the Forty-first Alabama Regiment (Colonel Talbird) by railroad to Knoxville. I will send every musket, rifle, shot-gun, and pistol that can be of any service by General Maxey. I regret that I have so few to send. I have written and telegraphed the Chief of Ordnance to send me arms? and represented the importance of having them, but have received neither arms nor answers to my communications.
   The work of repairing the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad is going on rapidly. One or two trains will be crossed over the river at Bridgeport to-day and a train will go as far as Corinth to-morrow {on the Memphis & Charleston RR}. The superintendent of the road, Mr. Cole, who is active and zealous, thinks the cars may run to Murfreesborough in the course of a week. I am informed that the road from Stevenson to Huntsville {on the Memphis & Charleston RR} was slightly damaged by the enemy. I am sorry to say that the work of repairing telegraphic communications to Murfreesborough has not been pushed forward as rapidly as I think it might have been. Unfortunately, it seems that not only the working of the telegraphic instrument but even the putting up of the wire is a specialty, and that none but experts can accomplish it. I will hurry the work.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Sam. Jones