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say the President of the United States did wrong in ordering out 75,000 men, and in increasing the army and navy under the exigency.
Do we not know, in connection with these facts, that so soon as Fort Sumter surrendered they took up the line of march for Washington?
Do not some of us who were here know that we did not even go to bed very confidently and securely, for the fear that the city would be taken before the rising sun?
Has it not been published in the Southern newspapers that Ben McCulloch was in readiness, with 5,000 picked men, in the State of Virginia, to make a descent and attack the city, and take it?
What more do we find?
We find that the Congress of this same pseudo-republic, this same Southern Confederacy that has sprung up in the South, as early as the 6th of March passed a law preparing for this invasion — preparing for this war which they commenced.
Here it is:
That in order to provide speedily forces to repel invasion, maintain the rightful possessio