NA, A&TR 5/17/1864

General Office, Ala & Tenn R. R. Rd.
Selma, Ala May 17th 1864
To Genl S. D. Lee
Commanding Dept of Alabama Mississippi & Ea Louisiana
   Permit me to address you in relation to the case of Mr. George Wadsworth, late Chief Engineer of this road. He has become insane, and has been an inmate of the state asylum at Tuskaloosa for several months. He is a native of Maine, his wifes relatives also are all in the United States. Their means are very limited, and if they remain in this country they must soon be maintained at the expense of the state. Mrs Wadsworth, in vie of these circumstances, is desirous of taking her husband to his relatives, in the hope that he may eventually recover. This progut is strongly recommended by Dr Bryer, the superintendent of the asylum at Tuskaloosa. 
   Mr Wadsworth is an old employee of this company, and was very much respected as such, and we feel anxious to render him every assistance possible in his present unfortunate condition. For this purpose only have been provided with means necessary to go north, via Huntsville Ala. and now require only your permission to enable them to pass our pickets.
   If consistent with present military regulations will you be kind enough to send me passport for Mrs Mary B. Wadsworth & her insane husband George Wadsworth, with necessary ??ing approvals to pass through our lines en route, for Huntsville.
   By so doing you will confer a great favor upon the parties above named & many others their friend in this vicinity.
   I have the honor to be Genl.
Your Obt Sevt
Thos. A. Walker  President A&T. R R R
P. S. Please address me at Selma Ala. care of Mr. L. Leonard
I am well acquainted with the facts enumerated in the foregoing letter & respectfully recommend that passports be granted to the parties above names.
Thos Peters
Maj & Chf QrMr