Headquarters 3rd Infantry, M.V.M. FoRT MONRoE, Apr. 23, 1861
Gen. B. F. BUTLER, Commdg. 3rd Brig. 2nd Div. M.V.M.
SIR: I have the honor to communicate to you that this regiment embarked on board of the War Steamer “Pawnee” on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock; by order of Col. Dimmick we were placed under command of Com. Pauling, and had our full share in the burning of the Norfolk Navy Yard.
In this hazardous expedition the officers and men under my command were steady, firm, and zealous; they were severely tasked in destroying munitions of war, mining, and firing the buildings. We returned and were landed at this fort about eight o’clock on Sunday morning, and during the time they were absent, they had neither food, nor sleep; notwithstanding, they performed their duty nobly and manfully.
The material of this regiment cannot be surpassed; a little time for drill and discipline will make this regiment one of the most effective in the service. I want more men, and then I am ready for any duty that may be assigned me.
Respectfully, Your Obedient Servant,
D. W. WARDROP, Col. 3d Inf. M.V.M.
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. 29