Official Records, Series II, Vol. 3, pp. 724-725
RICHMOND, VA., October 2, 1861.
Hon. J. P. BENJAMIN, [Acting] Secretary of War.
SIR: Stretched on a bed of pain I have neglected to report my escape and return. Having with Col. R. Thomas Zarvona captured [p. 725] the Saint Nicholas I again accompanied him on a second expedition. I was captured by Governor Hicks and the Dorchester Guards at Cambridge, Md., confined with Colonel Z. in Fort McHenry about seventy days, when I effected an escape. Springing from the ramparts I sprained my ankle. I am nearly convalescent. When fit for duty I will report in person.
I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. W. ALEXANDER,
First Lieutenant, Provisional Army, C. S.
WAR DEPARTMENT, Richmond, October 4, 1861.
Lieut. G. W. ALEXANDER, Richmond, Va.
SIR: In reply to your letter of the 2d instant I am directed by the Secretary of War to say that he is happy to hear of your escape from Fort McHenry and trusts you will soon recover from the injury received in leaping from the wall.
Chief of Bureau of War.