Headquarters, Third Brigade, Second Division, Mass. Vol. Militia,
ANNAPOLIS, April 23rd, 1861
To the Master of Transportation, on the Annapolis & Elk Ridge Railroad
SIR: Having been informed that rails on your Road have been taken up by your Company, I desire to know whether that was done for the purpose of hindering the transportation of the United States Militia, under my charge, to Washington. An immediate and explicit answer is desired.
Respectfully Your Obdt. Servt.
B. F. BUTLER, Brig. Genl. Comdg.
SOURCE: Jessie Ames Marshall, Editor, Private and Official Correspondence of Gen. Benjamin F. Butler During the Period of the Civil War, Volume 1: April 1860 – June 1862, p. 27