r the stone archway of the old academy, there was rehearsed, one after another adding his own paper's version, the exaggerated accounts of the terrible handling that the Sixth Massachusetts Volunteers had had from a Baltimore mob. Much blood shed I Some killed and many wounded, resulting in a complete break — up of the route to Washington and the shutting off of the capital from the North!
That was a brief of our gloomy news.
Another morning the cloud lifted.
There were better tidings.
Baltimore recaptured by General B. F. Butler 1 Butler, even without General Scott's sanction, had appeared there in the night with enough men to seize and hold Federal Hill.
From that fine position he commanded the city.
Another occasion (May 24th) brought us the wildest tales of our troops entering Virginia, and of the resistance at Alexandria.
The new President's protegaeacute and friend, young Colonel Ellsworth, had hauled down a hostile flag flying from the belfry of the Marshall House.