dremainer of his journey to the National
His family went on the Northern Central Railway, by the special train intended for him.
It was charged that there existed, in Baltimore
, a conspiracy to assassinate the President
; but I am not aware that any reliable evidence has ever been produced to sustain the charge.
The Albany Evening journal
, of that time, says: “The friends of Mr. Lincoln
do not question the loyalty and hospitality of the people of Maryland
; but they were aware that a few disaffected citizens, who sympathized warmly with the secessionists, were determined to frustrate, at all hazards, the inauguration of the President-elect
, even at the cost of his life.”
The Baltimore Clipper
, a strong Union newspaper, most positively asserted that there was no conspiracy.
The Baltimore American
, another Union journal, said: “Ample precautions were taken to guard against any violation of the public peace.
A large police force was detailed for duty at the depot, * * * and these measures of Marshal Kane
, even if they had failed to restrain any expression of disapprobation, would certainly have secured Mr. Lincoln
from any insult, had such been intended.”
The whole article in the American
clearly shows that that paper never thought of the existence of any assassination plot, but attributed the excitement partly to the natural curiosity of the people, and partly to the unpopularity of certain injudicious and ostentatious friends of the President
, who wished to welcome him with a public demonstration.
When the train, in which the President
was expected, arrived at the Northern Central
depot, there was a large, noisy, and disorderly crowd there, but the police prevented any injury to the unpopular persons alluded to. There was no appearance of organization, and there were no persons of prominence in the tumultuous crowd.
If, then, there was a well-organized plot to take the life of the President-elect
, its leaders could not have been present on that occasion, nor were they ever discovered.
Most likely the report arose from mere idle talk and empty bluster.
It did, however, seriously discredit the State of Maryland
throughout the North
This prejudice against the State
was deepened by a subsequent occurrence.
On the 19th of April, 1861, two regiments, going to Washington
in response to the President
's call, were assaulted in the streets of Baltimore
by a mob, and three soldiers killed and several severely wounded.
regiment, by the help of their own muskets, and under the protection of the Mayor
and police, did succeed, after a trying ordeal, in getting through to the Washington depot
The other, a Pennsylvania regiment, under the command of Colonel Small
, was pressed upon by the mob, and