but enough to make the onslaught, and there was an abundance of fuel when once the flame was kindled.
When the troops came it seemed to be a surprise to all, police as well as citizens; but a mob soon collected and began to hoot and jeer, and finally to throw stones and bricks.
Some Union men came forward and endeavored to restrain the crowd and to protect the troops, but they were overborne, and the mob worked its will with the results above given.
, in a letter, dated April 20th, replying to Governor Andrews
, who had requested him to have the Massachusetts
dead taken care of and forwarded to Boston
, says: “No one deplores the sad events of yesterday in this city more deeply than myself; but they were inevitable.
Our people viewed the passage of armed troops to another State through the streets as an invasion of our soil, and could not be restrained.”
On the day of the riot, I dined at Barnum's Hotel, where I had been stopping since the day before.
came in, and taking a seat at the table near Mr. Robert Fowler
, afterward State Treasurer, they began to talk of the attack upon the troops, Mr. Fowler
severely blaming the police department for not preventing the perpetration of such an outrage.
answered, in substance, as follows: “The administration at Washington
was to blame for not giving the city authorities timely notice of the coming of the troops.
He could and would,” he said, “have arranged to pass the troops safely.”
He added, that he was afraid the affair would be misunderstood in the North
, and the people in that section, becoming infuriated, would cry out for vengeance on Baltimore
I withdrew before the conversation was concluded.
In the evening, during the progress of a secession meeting, held in front of Barnum
's, I saw Marshal Kane
eject from the hotel three men who came to the clerk's desk demanding the whereabouts of Senator Sumner
Upon inquiry, I learned that Mr. Sumner
had been at the hotel in the forepart of the day, but, by the advice of friends, had withdrawn to a private house.
appeared to be very active and successful in his endeavors to keep the peace.
In the morning, I read with astonishment his famous dispatch to Bradley Johnson