NA, SAG 3/12/1863

Office Atlantic & Gulf RR Co
Savannah March 12th 1863
Capt. H. M. Davenport
Ast Quarter Master
   My absence from the city for several days past prevented my replying sooner to your communication of the 6th inst.
   In answer to your interrogatory "whether the Road can transport your Fodder in Box Cars and if not why?" I have to reply that the Company is unable to transport all of your Fodder in Box Cars, and indeed but a very small portion of it because the Company has not a sufficient number of Cars of that class to carry all the Fodder offered to the Road. If Fodder were carried in Box Cars exclusively, it would forbid the transportation of Corn and other perishables freight which require shelter during their transport.
Very Respy
Your obt Sevt
John Scriven