OR, Series 1, Vol. 7, Page 913

Jackson, Tenn., March 2, 1862
General G. T. Beauregard
   In obedience to your order of the 2lst ultimo to proceed at once to Montgomery, Ala., and deliver to Gov. J. G. Shorter a letter, with instructions, which you handed me, I started early the following morning, but owing to the disorganized condition of the different railroads I missed every connection, and did not arrive in Montgomery until the afternoon of the 25th ultimo. I immediately called upon the Governor and delivered your letter to him.
   He also informed me that there were four regiments and one battalion in North Alabama, guarding bridges, &c. These troops he thought would be of more service with you, and he would intercede with General Bragg to have them ordered to report to you immediately.
   At 3 p.m. I left Montgomery by steamer and arrived at Mobile on the 28th ultimo. The railroad {Alabama & Florida (of Alabama) and Mobile & Great Northern RRs} being washed away in many places, I could not come by the most expeditious route.
   In making this report I would respectfully state that, unless some military control is exercised in the management of the different railroads over which I traveled to Montgomery, when required for military purposes, some serious accident will surely take place.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. R. Chisolm
First Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp