UA, SIW 1/7/1865

Columbiana Ala
Jan 7th/65
A. T. Jones
Dear Sir,
   have just returned from Lime Kilns {on the Alabama & Tennessee River RR}, found 7 car loads of coal ready to come up over our road {the Shelby Iron Company RR}, and more were looked for every moment the cars were pretty well loaded & very good coal so wrote a note to Andrews stating that the mill was idle for want of coal. Also telegraphed him to send train at once. Cant say when the train will be up, owing to a collision of a down train with the through frt. yesterday near Ashley. Am told that neither locomotive will be able to run for several days. Another crippled train passed down this morning. So after such a combination of accidents cant say what day the train of coal will be over our road. tomorrow I hope. will try & come down tomorrow would come this evening but can get no horse to ride & it is too muddy to walk
Wm M Wallace