NA, C&S 4/6/1861

Special attention of Secty of War
Office Charleston & Savannah Rail Road
Charleston, 6th April 1861
His Excellency President Davis
Montgomery, Ala.
   I tender you my sword whenever war begins or even now, should you regard it as inevitable.
   I have refrained from offering my services earlier, believing that the requisite number of officers might be obtained for the Confederate Army from those who have lately resigned from the late U. S. Army.
   But, if after their superior claims have been recognized, an additional number of officers shall be needed, I beg you to regard me as ready to any moment, to go wherever duty calls.
With much respect &c
Thos. F. Drayton