OR, Series 1, Vol. 39, Part 1, Page 431

Hdqrs. Department of Ala., Miss., and East La.
Mobile, Ala.
September 1, 1864
General S. Cooper
Adjutant and Inspector General, C. S. Army
   On the 26th {of August} instant the railroad between Montgomery and Opelika {the Montgomery & West Point RR} was again in running order. The early completion of this important work is due to the energy and skill of Maj. George Whitfield, of the quartermaster's department.
   My attention was called soon after entering upon this command to the evils and abuses which have sprung up under the operations of the contracts for purchasing Government supplies with cotton. I, therefore, by virtue of the authority which has been vested in the commander of the department, have suspended the further operation of those contracts. They have contributed very little to the military resources of our country, while they have caused fraud and corruption, for which nothing can adequately compensate. I have also caused all restrictions which have been placed by Government officers on transportation of supplies along the Mobile & Ohio Railroad to be removed. The object of those restrictions was to prevent speculation and extortion. Their operation was oppressive to the people, and not effectual against the extortioners.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Dabney H. Maury
Major-General, Commanding