OR, Series 4, Vol. 1, Page 1055

Confederate States of America, War Department
Richmond, April 11, 1862
His Excellency Jefferson Davis
President Confederate States of America
  In response to the resolution of the House of Representatives requesting the President to communicate what steps have been taken to carry out the act for connecting the Richmond & Danville and the North Carolina railroads, and for the connection of the railroad from Selma, in Alabama, to Meridian, in Mississippi, I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that the surveys of the former have been made and the report of the engineer will probably be received to-morrow, and that an agent has been sent south to examine and report what steps should be taken to complete the latter connection.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant
Geo. W. Randolph
Secretary of War