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[487] regularly nominated. General Benjamin C. Howard, of Baltimore, headed it for Governor, and an electoral ticket pledged to the support of Jefferson Davis and A. H. Stephens was added. Judges of election were appointed, and the voting commenced. But in the course of the day it became manifest that the time-honored customs of a Baltimore election were not forgotten. Pins were stuck into unhappy voters, individuals from the rural districts of Tennessee and Virginia were “cooped,” and voted indiscriminately. “Blood-Tubs” and “Black-Snakes” contended for possession of the polls, and were in turn swept away by a charge from “Limerick,” “Conservative” gentlemen in store clothes attempting to vote were elbowed and squeezed and twisted so that they could not tell, for the life of them, which side they were on, or which they desired to support. And so it went for one whole day of boisterous fun and frolic, officers and men, all entering heartily into the spirit of the hour, forgetful for the moment of the 300,000 bayonets that kept them from their homes.

The polls were closed and it was found that the Howard and Davis ticket had received a regular old-fashioned “Plug-ugly” majority, the vote being large and unanimous.

The “assembly” sounded for dress parade and the regiment resumed its discretion and its propriety.

As the cold weather came on the men suffered for warm clothing, which being made known through the Richmond Enquirer, large and liberal contributions were at once sent on from Virginia and the South. Over $20,000 worth of supplies of clothes and money was thus collected in a few weeks. Richmond was foremost in the work. Virginia, ever liberal, exceeded herself, and the whole South lavished generosity. Wherever there was a group of Maryland people they took pride in supplying their kindred in the field. Colonel George Schley and Dr. Steiner, of Augusta, Ga., sent Colonel Johnson $1,100 from themselves and other Marylanders. A gentleman of New Orleans, born in Prince George's, sent General Johnson $1,000. Hundreds of the sons of the “old land,” scattered through the Confederacy, sent their contributions until at last it was necessary to decline any further additions to the treasury. The clothing and blankets thus collected supplied the regiment to some extent during the remainder of the time it was in service.

In December it was decided to put the troops in winter quarters and the division moved back along the line of Bull Run by Union Mills.

The Fourth brigade was quartered near the ground it bivouaced on the night after the memorable march and fight of July 21st. Pitching the camp on the hill just above Union Mills, towards McLean's Ford,

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