NA, AP 8/1/1863

Richmond Aug. 1, 1863

Col. J. F. Gilmer
Chief of Engineer Bureau
   Mr. Mallory will probably let me have the Torpedo. He says he must consult the Commander, but thinks there will be no difficulty.
   I want Col. Stevens to let me have two Lighters.
   I wish to get a detail of 20 men from General Wises command at the Chaffin's Bluff. G. Wise's men to be selected, good men -- with one or two rough Carpenters.
   I wish to get a man named Maddox, a Machinist from Col. Gorgas.
   All to be ready to go down to Clarimont, the estate of Mr. William Allen, on Tuesday morning, to bring up a Locomotive & cars.
Very respectfully
Your obt Servt
Chas. F. M. Garnett
{On the reverse of the letter}
Engineer Bureau
August 1st 1863
Resp. referred to Genl. Elzey with the request that he will, if possible, furnish a detail of 20 men from Genl. Wise's or other comd. to assist in getting an engine from Mr. Allen's R. Road (down the James river).
   Will Col. Gorgas give authority to Col. Garnett to employ temporarily Mr Maddox, Machinist to assist in saving the engine named above.
J. F. Gilmer
Col of Eng & Chf of Bu