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I found a book by Jessie Ames Marshall (1917) on googlebooks.com
TITLE: Private and Official Correspondence of General Benjamin F. Butler
Click link below for page 112 that has a typed version of the letter that you are seeking.
Thank you! This is just what I needed and in an accessible form for me to download the necessary letter.
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Letters Received, 3/1861 - 3/1866 in the Records of the Office of the Secretary of War (Record Group 107). This series is reproduced on rolls 1-17 and 27-36 of the National Archives Microfilm Publication M492 Letters Received by the Secretary of War, Irregular Series, 1861-1866. Based on the numbering B-99 1861, it should be on Roll 1. To see a description of this publication, visit Record Reproductions & Microfilm and select "microfilm." Type “M492” and click on "search." A listing of the publication title will appear. Click on the name of the publication. That will take you to a summary page. On the right hand side of the page will be a pdf file. Click on "View Important Publication Details." This is a listing of the contents of the microfilm rolls. The pamphlet is also available on HathiTrust. Please note that the reproduction prices listed on the pamphlet are not current.
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Thank you! I was so relieved to see that the letter existed in a volume on the Hathi Trust site. It never occurred to me to look for a printed version--not sure why since I have been doing historical research for 50 years.
And I'm glad to know about the general situation re: working at the National Archives at the present. Fortunately I did find the letter via the Hathi Trust book, and an edited version will now appear in the 4th edition of the textbook I coauthor with Steven F. Lawson, Exploring American Histories: A Survey with Sources, for Bedford/Macmillan.