“when the State of Maine
arrived at Fort Monroe
with the Massachusetts
troops, the Virginian
residents around the fort, who were all Secessionists, were very much surprised, enraged and mortified.
They collected around the captain of the steamer, who is as cool and intrepid a specimen of a Yankee as New England
contains, and told him significantly, that the troops would never go back to Massachusetts
He replied that that was the last thing they thought of; that the country was so fine they intended to settle, and send for their friends, and he was going to New York to get another load.
Another set, belonging to an armed schooner, engaged in enforcing the local laws of Virginia
, insolently claimed the right of searching the State of Maine
The captain told them they should not go aboard to take out anybody, black
They replied that, by the laws of Virginia
they had the right of search.
He retorted that they knew nothing about the laws of Virginia
, but sailed by the laws and under the flag of the United States
He also assured them, if there were any negroes there who were desirous of a voyage to New York, he should be very happy to accommodate them, and closed the conversation by saying--‘ You have been preaching all your lives that the Yankees
are a pack of misers and cowards, who won't fight; now you'll have a favorable opportunity to test the accuracy of your opinions on that point.’
” --Boston Transcript