Headquarters, ANNAPOLIs, MARYLAND, April 24th, 1861
DEAR SIR: Of all the disasters of the unhappy state of public affairs I reckon it not the least that we have been obliged to interrupt so permanently the efficiency of the Naval School at Annapolis. That as little harm as possible may be done I shall give directions that all assignments of quarter shall be made by Captain Rodgers, and will most fully coöperate with him in the preservation of the public property.
Faithfully your friend,
B. F. B.
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. 35-6