ordered by one of Governor Hicks
' militia generals to turn back, and, being unarmed, were compelled to obey.
The soldiers of the Massachusetts
regiment, after exercising great forbearance, at length fired upon the crowd, killing several persons, some of them, as it was alleged, innocent spectators.
The excitement throughout the city was intense; exaggerated reports were circulated; the number of citizens killed was magnified from ten to two hundred; youths from sixteen to twenty years of age, armed to the teeth, were seen running wildly about the streets.
The thoroughfares were filled with people telling and hearing but one side of the story, and firing one another with the spirit of vengeance.
An impromptu mass meeting assembled in Monument Square; the Mayor
was called out; the Governor
, who had been in the city for several days, was sent for, and appeared; a Maryland flag was hoisted over his head, and his views clamorously demanded.
He responded, by declaring that he would suffer his right arm to be torn from his body before he would raise it to strike a sister State.
That night, so it is charged, the Governor
agreed to an order for the destruction of the bridges on the Philadelphia
, and the Northern Central Railroads
, in order to prevent the passage of any more troops through Maryland
It is but justice to Governor Hicks
to state, that he always denied that he had authorized any such proceeding.
However, the bridges were destroyed.
On Thursday, the 18th day of April, I went from Annapolis
I had expected to find some excitement among the Baltimore
people in consequence of the assault upon Fort Sumter
and its surrender, which last event had occurred on the Sunday previous, the 14th; but, to my regret, I found the excitement at fever-heat.
The Southern sympathizers were open and fierce in the expression of their views; the Union
men were more moderate, but firm.
The first congregated to hear fiery speeches from their leaders, and loudly applauded the condemnation of Mr. Lincoln
's proclamation for troops.
, who had gone to Baltimore
on the 17th, and had ascertained the state of feeling, issued his proclamation on the 18th, counseling peace and neutrality on the part of the people of Maryland
It had little or no effect.
It was not bold enough to suit the the temper of the times.
It was something of a wet blanket to the Union
men, and the secessionists despised it and took courage.
Thus matters stood on the morning of the 19th.
No speaker had directly counseled an attack upon the troops that might pass through, but the incitements were all in that direction, and there were idle, restless, and reckless spirits at hand-few it may be;