W. Sidney Winder Compiled Service Record, M331, National Archives
Hd. Qurs Dept. Henrico
Richmond Va. Nov. 24/63
The Secretary of War directs that a Prison for Federal Prisoners shall be established in the State of Georgia. The Gen. commanding this department directs that you proceed without delay to select a site for that purpose in the neighborhood of Americus or Valley Ford (Fort Valley), you will go by way of Milledgeville to consult Gov. Brown, and also by way of Atlanta to consult Gen. Cobb.
You will hold yourself in readiness to return to these Head Quarters as soon as ordered.
Your Obdt Servt
J. W. Pegram
Capt. W. S. Winder