|Engineer Bureau, March 28, 1864
| Special authority was obtained more than a
month since to construct the bridge over the Tombigbee River, near
Demopolis, and Maj. Minor Meriwether placed in charge. Major M.'s
reputation for skill and efficiency induces me to believe that
everything will be done that can be to secure the prompt completion
of the bridge.
| Owing to the size of the river and the
character of the freshets, however, the undertaking is one of such
magnitude that in the present limited mechanical resources of the
Confederacy it can scarcely be accomplished before midsummer.
|A. L. Rives,