possible, but saving none of it to the Government
At the hight of the frenzied excitement created by these tidings, the Massachusetts Sixth, with ten companies of tile Philadelphia Washington
brigade, under Gen. Small
, having left Philadelphia
at 3 A. M., of the 19th, reached Baltimore
, in a train of seventeen passenger cars, containing over two thousand persons, mainly soldiers.
The train stopped at the Camden station
, on the east side of the city, a little before noon. The five foremost cars, containing, a portion of the Massachusetts
men, were here detached, and drawn singly through the city by four horses each.
There being no horses for the remainder, the residue of the regiment, of whom but a small portion were armed, left the cars and formed in the street, waiting the arrival of horses.
None came; for the Secession mob who filled the streets had covered the track, immediately behind the five cars aforesaid, with heavy anchors, timber, stones, and other obstructions — piled, in one instance, to a hight of fifteen feet--and, by the help of these, were prepared to prevent the passage of any more cars.
Meantime, the residue of the regiment, as they formed, were assailed by showers of stones and other missiles, hurled from the streets and the house-tops, whereby several of them were knocked down and otherwise badly injured.
In the confusion thus created among the raw, unarmed soldiers, a rioter came behind the last platoon, seized the musket of one of the volunteers, and shot him dead.
Hereupon, the soldiers were ordered to fire; and those who had guns and ammunition did so, with some effect.
This caused the mob to recoil; and the soldiers, learning that the track had been obstructed, closed their ranks, and commenced their march of two miles and a half through the streets of the city to the Washington depot
, surrounded and followed by the howling, pelting mob. Mayor Brown
and a strong detachment of police marched at the head of the troops, opening a way before them through the vast and angry crowd.
Missiles still poured upon them from every quarter; and, in some cases, heavy pieces of iron were cast out of second and third-story windows upon their heads.
One man was crushed down by one of these iron billets.
The front of the column received little injury; but the rioters closed in upon and. attempted to cut off a portion of the rear, which, being hardly pressed, was at length ordered to fire; and the order was obeyed.
Several volleys were fired by a small portion of the regiment, whereby eleven of the mob were killed, and four severely wounded.
Of the soldiers, three were slain, and eight seriously injured.
Most of the remaining volunteers reached the Washington
d[pacute]ôt and crowded into the cars, which were dispatched, so soon as possible, for Washington
Fifteen of the soldiers who went on with their comrades were so injured by the missiles that, on reaching the capital, they were sent to the hospital.
The train was repeatedly fired at from the hills and woods along the route, but at too great distance to do harm.
At the Jackson bridge
, it was stopped by the removal of several rails, which were promptly relaid, under the protection of the troops.
were left behind;