OR, Series 1, Vol. 39, Part 3, Page 902

Meridian, Miss., November 8, 1864
Capt. W. F. Bullock, Jr.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Selma
   I inclose two communications from Major Whitfield. The train I turned back at this place for transportation of negroes and pontoons was unable to pull the entire load. I shipped on same morning by passenger train one car of tools, which I presume are those referred to in his letter and which escaped his attention because of their being on different train. I have adopted the precaution of telegraphing to ascertain positively whether or not they were the tools desired. Transportation is now working well on both roads. Colonel Tate went up on yesterday, and if you can have about 200 of General Smith's negroes turned over to Major Whitfield I think he will have cars running to Tuscumbia in a very short time.
Respectfully, &c.,
Chas. M. Williams
Capt., Asst. Quartermaster, on Railroad and Transportation Duty

Inclosure No. 1

Okolona, Miss, November 6, 1864
Capt. C. M. Williams
Meridian, Miss.
   I regret my being unable to come on today to see Colonel Tate. Please see him and explain to him why I did not meet him at Meridian. Say to him that we need the Jackson and Ross {probably 2 Memphis & Charleston RR locomotives} badly. I expected to have gotten negroes out of the lot that went up the road today for work on his road, but the officer in charge of them said they were to work on fortifications at Corinth. Telegraph to Noble, at Montgomery, to send forward immediately the tools to General Roddey's quartermaster for the building of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. Tell Colonel Tate to come up as soon as possible. You must stay on the line of the Mobile {& Ohio RR} road and hurry forward stores, particularly commissary stores, from Mobile, Meridian, Columbus, and Macon. Tell Colonel Tate I can only take a general supervision of repairs, and that I have telegraphed Young to send a quartermaster to keep all money and property accounts. If we can get Sanders and his force we can rebuild his road rapidly. We are losing daylight by not being at work. Colonel Burtwell, of General Roddey's command, is [at] work on his road, but not much has been done. If necessary travel up and down the road and allow no stores to lay on the road, particularly commissary stores. Communicate by letter and telegraph with Hosford, at West Point, about any transportation matters. I inclose a letter for Captain Bullock. Send it to him immediately.

Inclosure No. 2

Corinth, Miss., November 6, 1864
Capt. W. F. Bullock, Jr.
Selma, Ala.
   The Mobile {& Ohio RR} road is in tolerably safe order to Corinth; Memphis and Charleston road about the same to Cherokee. If I had the hands could soon have the cars running to Tuscumbia {about 14 additional miles}. I ordered tools from Major Noble, at Montgomery, but they have not come to Corinth yet. No stores have accumulated at any point so far, and additional orders were given Friday for commissary stores to come from Mobile, and I at once sent cars there for them. The passenger trains have been put to hauling freight. I will endeavor to give the general entire satisfaction in everything. Taking into consideration the short notice we had and the amount of stores we have transported I think we have done well with the roads in such bad condition. I leave for Corinth in the morning, and will endeavor to get the bridge force from General Hood's army, but fear I will fail. Will write and telegraph as often as occasion may require.
Geo. Whitfield
Major and Quartermaster