On this evening, at Philadelphia, there was telegraphing to the Governor of Massachusetts; there were consultations with Commodore Dupont, commandant of the navy yard; there were interviews with Mr. Felton, President of the Philadelphia and Baltimore Railroad,— a son of Massachusetts, full of patriotic zeal, and prompt with needful advice and help; there was poring over maps and gazetteers.
Meanwhile, Colonel A. J. Butler was out in the streets buying pickaxes, shovels, tin-ware, provisions, and all that was necessary to enable troops to take the field, to subsist on army rations, to repair bridges and railroads, and throw up breastworks.
All Maryland was supposed to be in arms; but the general was going through Maryland.
The same writer says,—
Before evening was far advanced, he had determined his plan.
His officers were summoned to meet him. On his table were thirteen revolvers.
He explained his design to go by way of Annapolis, and took upon himself the sole responsibility.
Taking up one of the revolvers, he, invited every officer who was willing to accompany him to signify it by accepting a revolver.
The pistols were all instantly appropriated.
A ‘Memorial of Plan and Reasons for Proceeding to Annapolis
,’ written that evening by General Butler
, was received by Governor Andrew
, enclosed in a letter from Major P. Adams Ames
, an officer of Major-General Andrews
's staff of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, who happened to be in Philadelphia
at the time.
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