It was, no doubt, the profound policy of Lincoln
and his faction to throw the operatives of the North
out of employ, to secure the recruits for the army of coercion.
Starvation produces a certain sort of valor, and a hungry belly may stimulate patriotism to a kind of courage which, on a good feed, will risk the encounter with a bullet.
It appears that the Lincoln
recruits from Massachusetts
, at .Baltimore, were in large proportion cobblers.
The Revolution seems to have affected their craft more than any other, according to some of the accounts; their vocation gave them admirable facilities in the fight, especially in running; they used their footing
expeditiously, and took a free flight with their soles
(souls)--not one of them apparently being anxious, under the fire of Baltimore
brickbats, to see his last.--Charleston Mercury, May 8