The Maryland line.Maryland troops in the Confederate service is now being prepared.” Having a very great interest in this history, and yet being unable to learn anything about it, I beg to present the following facts for the benefit of the author. On page 251, vol. V, Southern Historical Society Papers, I mentioned that an effort was made to organize the “Maryland line” in the Confederate service in June, 1861, at Leesburg. This was some days previous to the complete organization of the First Maryland regiment, which occurred June 25th, 1861. I cannot find in Goldsborough's history of the “Maryland line” any definite action of that body in assuming that distinguished name, and judge that it was applied to the Maryland command under General Bradley T. Johnson, by courtesy. The following paper has never to my knowledge been published since it was issued in the printed circular from which I copy it:
The Association failed. Why I know not; and the Howard county troops, known as the “Maryland cavalry,” June 15, 1861, left Leesburg to join the command of Colonel Angus McDonald at Romney. This company  subsequently became the basis of the first battalion of Maryland cavalry under Colonel Ridgley Brown.--(Southern Historical Society Papers, V. 251.) Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.