NA, SWT 5/26/1862

Richmond May 26th 1862
Mr. A. S. Gaines
Demopolis, Ala.
   Mr. O. M. Avery, the Superintendent of the Alabama & Florida {(of Florida)} Rail Road, is here with a strong remonstrance against the application of the iron of that road to the Selma & Meridian connection {Alabama & Mississippi Rivers RR}. He says that it is not necessary for the purpose, and that iron can be had from the following sources: Six miles of iron of the {Montgomery &} Eufaula Road {?}, for sale in Montgomery, about this see Col. S. G. Jones, Montgomery, Thirty-two miles of the Cahaba, Marion & Greensboro Road, to be sold out the 1st Monday in July. See Col. Jones or the Trustees advertising in the "Montgomery Advertiser." If this be so, we do not wish the iron of the Alabama & Florida taken. Ascertain the facts as quickly as possible and telegraph to me.
G. W. Randolph
Sec. of War
Sent by telegram