volunteers, and took possession of the Northern Central Railroad depot, where a regular camp was established.
A curious feature of the preparations for defense was the tender, on the part of several hundred colored men, of their services against the Yankees!
The Mayor thanked them for the offer, and informed them that their services would be called for if required.
Colonel Huger, of the regular army, afterward general under Lee, who had been for some time in command of the arsenal at Pikesville, a village near Baltimore, was in the city during all these troublous times, and, being a prime, social favorite of the young men about town, was approached for advice and assistance.
The old colonel, who was decidedly Southern in his sympathies, and, in fact, went South shortly afterward, did a great deal to avert serious trouble.
He was a splendid old fellow — a high liver, witty, good-humored, and a fine old-school officer.
It was he who suggested the arming and drilling of the mob a