Dispatches from General Scott to General Butler.
MAY 13, 1861.--Baltimore, Md., garrisoned by United States troops.

O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME 2 [S# 2] -- CHAPTER IX.

WASHINGTON, D. C., May 14, 1861.

Brig. Gen. BENJAMIN F. BUTLER,
Commanding Department of Annapolis, Md. :

    SIR: Your hazardous occupation of Baltimore was made without my knowledge, and of course without my approbation. It is a God-send that it was without conflict of arms. It is also reported that you have sent a detachment to Frederick, but this is impossible. Not a word have I received from you as to either movement. Let me hear from you.

Very respectfully, yours,
WINFIELD SCOTT.


WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 1861--2.17 a.m.

Brigadier-General BUTLER,
Commanding Dep't of Annapolis, at Baltimore, Md.:

I do not understand your telegram, "Send us more detachments till further orders."
Issue no more proclamations.
Why assume the authority to call for re-enforcements from General Patterson?
Answer my letter of last evening.
Did you leave any men at Relay House? Look to their safety.
Not a word received from you in several days.
Patterson's re-enforcements will be at Locust Point this morning early.

WINFIELD SCOTT.

Source:  Official Records of the War of the Rebellion

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