morning of the riot he went out on the line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, a short distance from the city, for the purpose of looking at some land which he thought of purchasing.
He was standing near the railroad track with some friends, among whom was Mr. Thomas W. Hall, Jr.
, a prominent journalist and lawyer of this city, and who is now City Solicitor
was not aware that there had been a riot in the city, and as a car containing the troops came by, he incautiously shook his fist at them in mock defiance.
A soldier in the car, however, mistaking the gesture for one of real hostility and, probably, thrown off his balance by the fearful occurrences of the day, raised his gun and fired.
The unfortunate man, who had been laughing and chatting with his friends a moment before, fell into their arms.
asked him if he was hurt.
“I am killed,” was all he said.
When the news of Mr. Davis
' death reached the city, it added fuel to the flames.
's three hundred and fifty policemen were almost powerless in the face of the mob, which meanwhile had broken into all the gun stores in town, and had completely gutted them.
During the afternoon, Governor Hicks
issued an order for the assembling of the State
troops, and by five o'clock quite a number had reported for duty, In the meantime, however (about half-past 2), news reached the rioters that the renowned Seventh Regiment from New York was expected.
An immense mob at once repaired to the depot and surrounded some volunteers from Philadelphia
, who were found to have arrived there.
The windows of the cars were smashed with paving-stones, and a number of the Philadelphians injured, but none of them seriously.
, accompanied by Colonel C. C. Egerton
, a personal friend and well-known as an officer, and one of the militia organizations, appeared on the scene and succeeded in appeasing, for a time, the passions of the mob by announcing that it had been decided that the troops should return to Philadelphia
The mob, believing that the Marshal
would act toward them in good faith, withdrew.
Later, however, it was rumored that the command was about to force a passage through the city, and with a howl of disappointment, the rioters again repaired to the depot.
This time they could not be reasoned with.
Rushing pell-mell upon the train, they riddled it with stones.
Some twenty of the volunteers were badly injured about the head and body by being struck with heavy stones.
The soldiers were, with considerable difficulty, removed to some freight cars near at hand, where they were better protected from the mob. Over one hundred of the soldiers were separated from their comrades during the transfer, but were rescued by the