Washington, May 6, 1861.
As soon as I find out exactly what Government will do about Maryland volunteers, I shall make an effort to stir up my friends in Alleghany County. I wish to make sure that the Government will muster them into service, and will be ready with arms, accoutrements, and uniforms, and, above all, with a proper commissariat the moment the men present themselves in sufficient numbers at Chambersburg. With proper management, I am sure two regiments could easily be raised in Maryland. Two or three hundred men could be had in Alleghany County.
SOURCE: Edward Waldo Emerson, Life and Letters of Charles Russell Lowell, p. 204-5