they shall be retained until further directions are received from you. The wounded are tenderly cared for. I appreciate your offer; but Baltimore will claim it as her right to pay all expenses incurred.
dear Sir: I appreciate your kind attention to our wounded and our dead, and trust that, at the earliest moment, the remains of our fallen will return to us. I am overwhelmed with surprise that a peaceful march of American citizens over the highway to the defense of our common capital should be deemed aggressive to Baltimoreans.
Through New York, the march was triumphal.
At 3 A. M., on Sunday, April 21st, Mayor Brown
received a message from the President
, requesting Gov. Hicks
and himself to proceed immediately to Washington
being no longer in the city, Mayor Brown
, on further conference, went without him, taking three friends — whereof, at least two were ardent Secessionists — to bear him company.
They reached Washington
at 10 A. M., and were admitted to an immediate interview with the President
, attended by the Cabinet
and Gen. Scott
. Mr. Lincoln
urged, with abundant reason, that he had no choice between bringing troops through Maryland
and surrendering the capital to armed treason.
He finally appealed to Gen. Scott
, who gave his military opinion that troops might be brought through Maryland
by way of Annapolis
or the Relay House
, without passing through Baltimore
dilated on the fearful excitement of the Baltimoreans, and the impossibility of his answering for the consequences, if more Northern troops should appear in that city.
He adroitly added that his jurisdiction was confined to the city, and that he could make no promises as to the behavior of the Marylanders on either side of it. In his official report of the interview, Mr. Brown
The Mayor and his companions availed themselves of the President's full discussion of the questions of the day to urge upon him respectfully, but in the most earnest manner, a course of policy which would give peace to the country, and especially the withdrawal of all orders contemplating the passage of troops through any part of Maryland.
On returning to the cars, the Mayor
received a dispatch from railroad President Garrett
, announcing the approach of troops (Pennsylvanians) by railroad from Harrisburg
, a few miles north of Baltimore
, and that the city was greatly excited thereby; whereupon, Messrs. Brown
& Co. returned to the President
, and demanded a further audience, which was granted.
The dispatch was submitted; and the President
and Gen. Scott
agreed that the Pennsylvania
soldiers, who had thus unwittingly profaned the soil of Maryland
by daring to advance over it to the defense of the National Metropolis
, should be turned back to Harrisburg
There is not much more of this nature to be recorded; but, among the Baltimoreans who, next day, visited Washington
to second the demands of Messrs. Brown
& Co., and confirm the impression which it was hoped they had made, was a Committee from the Young Men's Christian Association, who modestly petitioned that the President
should put an end to the unnatural conflict now imminent by yielding to the demands of the South
To this end, they advised that the Federal
forces already in Washington
should be disbanded; but, at all events, that no more should be marched across the territory of