CHAPTER XIX. UNITED STATES ROLLING MILL AT CHATTANOOGA.
DuEiNG the Civil War the Government felt the need of
having somewhere in the South an iron roUing mfll for the
purpose of re-rolUng rafls which had been torn from the
raUroads by the Confederate Army. The authorities at
Washington took up the matter with some of the leading
iron men of the country and entirely to my surprise, as
I had known notliing about it, I received, in March, 1864,
a letter from Col. D. C. McCallum, of wliich the following
is a copy:
Military Director and Supt. of Railroads, U.-S.
Washington, March 14, 1864. To Whom it may concern:
Tliis is to certify that John Fritz is authorized in behalf of the United States Government to purchase the necessary machinery and materials to be used in the construction of a Rafl RolUng MiU at Chattanooga, Term., and any ar¬ rangements he may make wfll be fully carried out by the Govermiient.
The early completion of this mfll is important and in¬ dispensable to the advance of the Army, and aU persons who may engage to furnish machinery or material therefor are cUrected to do so to the exclusion of aU other business. Very respectfully.
Your Obt. Svt.,
D. C. McCALLUM,
Col. Director &* Genl. Manager M. R. R. U. S. 144