NCA, RRB 2/11/1864

Rudisell Mines
Charlotte 11 Feby 1864
Major R J Echolls
Q. M. Charlotte, N. C.
   I beg to call your attention to the grave difficulties I am labouring under, from the want of sufficient transportation of cord wood to enable me to carry on my operation efficiently, as contractor to the C. S. Sulphuric Acid Works. The sulphur ores (150 ft deep) from which the acid works are supplied have been submerged during the last 5 months. Since Augt last I have only had 60 cords of wood {10 car loads} transported when I should have had 120 a month.
   Should the main shaft cave from such a long submergence or the valves become disarranged under water the mine is irretrievably lost, which will be a serious loss to the Government as the acid works are wholly dependent on me.
Sir, Yours Very Respectfully
Saml Grose
Contractor to Nitre & Mining Bureau
{on back of document}
Q. M. Office
Charlotte, N. C.
Feby 12, 1864
Respectfully referred to the Quarter Master General. This Department has made requisition time and again upon the Supt of the W. C. & R. RR Co {Wilmington, Charlotte & Rutherford RR} and also upon the Supt of the A. T. & O. RR Co {Atlantic, Tennessee & Ohio RR} for the transportation of this wood but to no purpose.
R. J. Echols
Maj. & Q. M.
Respy referred to Maj J. D. Whitford who will make such arrangements to supply this wood as may be consistent with more important demands.
F. W. Sims
LtCol & Q. M.