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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 6: contraband of War, Big Bethel and Hatteras. (search)
cott, Assistant Secretary of War: Dear Sir:--May I ask if you have overlooked the order signed by the President for the raising of five thousand troops? I pray you get this thing through for me, and I will be obliged forever and ever. I am losing good daylight, now that the three months men are being disbanded. Can you not add this to the many kind courtesies of our friendship? Truly yours, Benj. F. Butler. headquarters of the Army, August 8, 1861. Major-General Wool, U. S. A., Troy, N. Y.: It is desirable that you repair to and assume command of the department of which Fortress Monroe is the place of headquarters. It is intended to reinforce that department (recently reduced) for aggressive purposes. Is your health equal to that command? If yes, you will be ordered thither at once. Reply immediately. Winfield Scott. headquarters Department of Virginia, Fortress Monroe, August 11, 1861. Lieutenant-General Winfield Scott: General:--I have the honor to report the