NA, ENG 7/1B/1863

Engineer Bureau
July 1st 1863
Wm F. Lynch
Flag Officer, Wilmington, N. C.
   The Secretaries of War and Navy desire that no good railroad bars be rolled into gunboat plates. If you have a quantity of iron from the Newbern Road {Atlantic & North Carolina RR} in transitu for Atlanta or Richmond, it is their wish that the good bars be exchanged for old ones. S. L. Fremont, the Supt of the Wilmington {& Weldon} road is anxious to make such exchange. Will you please to confer with him.
J. F. Gilmer
Col Engrs & Chf of Bureau
Sent by Telegram