Railroad had been requested to furnish accommodations for the transportation of a number of troops through Baltimore
When the news became generally known, large crowds assembled on the street, and intense excitement reigned.
About nine o'clock A. M. a meeting of the military organization known as the Maryland
National Volunteers was held under the presidency of Mr. T. Parkin Scott
, and inflammatory speeches were made.
At two o'clock two trains, containing twenty-one cars, which had left Harrisburg
at ten minutes after eight o'clock that morning, arrived in Baltimore
There were six companies of troops-two of United States Artillery from St. Paul
, commanded by Major Pemberton
, two from Pottsville, Pennsylvania
, one from Reading, Pennsylvania
, and one from Lewistown, Pennsylvania
, the latter known as the Logan Guards.
A large and excited crowd had assembled at the depot and, previous to the arrival of the troops, occupied itself in singing “Dixie's land” and noisily cheering for the Confederacy
As the troops disembarked, they were pushed and hustled by the crowd, but no one was seriously hurt.
Finally the line of march was taken up for Mount Clare station, where the troops were to re-embark for Washington
The troops were accompanied through the streets by the crowd, which guyed and hissed them, all the while cheering for the Southern Confederacy and “Jeff
, and groaning for “Abe” Lincoln
The troops behaved remarkably well, none of the men showing any signs of annoyance beyond an occasional angry look or exclamation.
The city police accompanied them and succeeded in holding the crowd in check.
When the troops arrived at Mount Clare
, however, the crowd became more aggressive.
The troops were subjected to numberless indignities, such as being spit upon, taunted, hustled, etc.; the mob all the while indulging in wild curses, groans, and yells, with threats such as these: “Let the police go and we'll lick you!”
“Wait till you see Jeff Davis
“We'll see you before long!”
“You'll never get back to Pennsylvania
etc. Several of the more adventurous rioters caught some of the soldiers by the coat tails and jerked them about, while others taunted individuals in the ranks about their appearance, awkwardness, etc. It was a severe trial for the Pennsylvania volunteers, but they passed through the ordeal with commendable nerve and courage.
As the train was leaving the station, a stone was thrown, by some one in the mob, into one of the cars, and, with a wild yell, the mob rushed after the slowly receding train.
They were checked, however, by the city police, who behaved admirably throughout.