OR, Series 1, Vol. 24, Part 3, Page 876

Meridian, Miss., May 13, 1863
Hon. Milton Brown, Prest. Mobile & Ohio Railroad, Mobile, Ala.
   The Southern {(of Mississippi)} Railroad has not sufficient stock to transport troops from this point to Vicksburg as fast as they arrive here. I appeal to you as a patriot to lend the Southern Railroad as many engines and cars as are required for the above object. It is of the utmost importance to the country.
J. E. Johnston