OR, Series 1, Vol. 32, Part 3, Page 811

Headquarters Army Confederate States
Richmond, April 23, 1864
Lieutenant General Polk
   If Loring's division is not essential for immediate operations in your department, order it to join Johnston at Dalton. It should move direct to Rome, by Blue Mountain railroad, marching over the unfinished part, taking its transportation with it. Answer by telegraph. {This would require use of the Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR and the Alabama & Tennessee River RR.}
B. Bragg