OR, Series 1, Vol. 39, Part 2, Page 731

Headquarters Department, &c.
Montgomery, July 27, 1864
Maj. George Whitfield
Assistant Quartermaster, Montgomery, Ala.
   I desire that you will, in the event of its becoming necessary in order to complete the Montgomery & West Point road, proceed at once to transfer the iron from the road between Uniontown and Newbern {from the North Western RR of Alabama} to Montgomery. In executing this duty you will not only conform strictly to the laws regulating such impressments, but use every effort to secure the rights and feelings of the gentlemen interested in the road. Do not omit to explain to them that the necessity is immediate and imperative, which calls on them to make this sacrifice for the public safety.
Yours, Very respectfully,
D. H. Maury
Major-General, Commanding
   P. S. I have dispatched General Hood inquiring whether he can procure any iron from Georgia. In case he can, it will not be necessary for you to remove any of the Newbern road. You will ascertain that on applying to Major Jones, commanding here. In the event of your services not being necessary to remove the Newbern iron, you will proceed at once to the break in the road near Notasulga and superintend the repairing of the road. Please press it forward with all of your energy.