OR, Series 1, Vol. 17, Part 2, Page 756

Headquarters Department No. 2
Chattanooga, Tenn.
August 14, 1862
Adjutant-General C. S. Army
Richmond, Va.
   The recent movement of troops to this point illustrates the great importance of the route across Alabama from Meridian, Miss. The progress now making from Demopolis west gives assurance the work will soon be completed and with satisfaction to all parties. Military control has been so exercised as to give no offense, as far as I can learn,  and do no damage to any one, while both the company {Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR} and the Government will be benefited. From Jacksonville, Ala., to Rome, Ga., another important link is now wanting {the extension of the Alabama & Tennessee River RR}, which could soon be supplied  by the aid of a little Government credit. This would not only facilitate transportation, but open to us large resources now cut off for want of it. While we may hope to recover the country in advance of us and avail ourselves of its great resources, it is prudent to secure all necessary means in our rear to avoid disaster should our well-grounded expectations not be realized.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Braxton Bragg
General, Commanding