OR, Series 4, Vol. 1, Page 941

An Act to provide for the connection of the railroad from Selma, in Alabama, to Meridian, in Mississippi.
  Whereas, the President in his message of the seventeenth of December has expressed the opinion that the completion of the Mississippi & Alabama River Railroad, so as to connect Selma, in Alabama, with Meridian, Miss., is indispensable for the successful prosecution of the war, in which opinion Congress fully concurs: Now, therefore,
  The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That the President be, and he is hereby, authorized to advance to the president and directors of the Alabama & Mississippi River Railroad Company the sum of $150,000 for the purpose of completing the railroad connection between Selma, in Alabama, and Meridian, in Mississippi, upon such terms and conditions as he may deem best to secure the early completion of said railroad connection and to secure the return of the money so advanced.
  Approved February 15, 1862