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The town and Naval Aeademy were in the hands of the Confederates, and were all lighted up in expectation of the arrival of a body of Confederates, by water, from Baltimore, to assist them in seizing the venerable and venerated frigate Constitution, lying there, and adding her to the Confederate navy.
The arrival of these troops was just in time to save her. Many of Butler's troops were seamen at home, and these assisted in getting the Constitution to a place of safety beyond the bar. Governor Hicks was at Annapolis, and advised Butler not to land Northern troops.
They are not Northern troops, said Butler.
They are a part of the whole militia of the United States, obeying the call of the President.
This was the root of the matter — the idea of nationality as opposed to State supremacy.
He called on the governor and the mayor of Annapolis.
To their remonstrances against his landing and marching through Maryland, Butler replied that the orders and demands of his government were i