OR, Series 1, Vol. 24, Part 3, Page 875

Meridian, Miss., May 13, 1863
Col. L. J. Fleming, Supt. Mobile and Ohio Railroad, Mobile, Ala.
   The Government is sending large re-enforcements of troops to Mississippi by the Mobile & Ohio and Mississippi and Alabama Railroads {the Northeast & Southwest Alabama and Alabama & Mississippi Rivers Railroads}. During their transportation these roads can do nothing else. The Southern {(of Mississippi)} Railroad cannot meet the demand if troops arrive by these two roads. Public necessity, in this emergency, requires the use of rolling-stock from your road, and I have, therefore, to request that you will furnish what may be necessary for this purpose. It will only be required for a short time.
J. E. Johnston