So, as it became clearer in 1858-59-60 that the aggressions and attacks of the North
on Southern society were not to be confined to discussion and vituperation, but were to be directed by physical force, Maryland
, though utterly and entirely oppose to secession, or disunion, as a remedy or relief, still began to prepare herself for an uncertain future.
Her legislature in 1860 appropriated seventy thousand dollars to arm the militia of the State
and entrusted the distribution of them to Thomas Holliday Hicks
, governor, and his: adjutant-general
the Democratic party, then struggling to rescue the State
from the Know Nothings
, whose governor Hicks
was, selected Bradley T. Johnson
as chairman of the State
committee and the direction of the struggle was entrusted to his hands.
In 1860 he was a delegate from Maryland
to the Democratic national convention at Charleston
and represented Maryland
in the committee on resolutions.
In that committee Maryland
always voted with the Southern States
When that convention held its adjourned meeting in Baltimore
, the majority of the Maryland
delegation, with the chairman of its State committee, withdrew with the Southern States
and united in nominating Breckinridge
, and Maryland
voted for Breckinridge
was divided and other Southern States failed to support the movement.
After November, 1860, it became clear to the younger men that war was imminent.
In high excitement and peril young men see more clearly than old men. They have more energy, more clearness of vision, more promptness, more decision.
They were all ardent sympathizers with the South
The old men—the ex-governors
, ex-United States
senators, ex-judges—all brought the weight of their characters to bear against connecting Maryland
with the secession movement.
And there was a profound disapprobation all through the State
, with all classes, against any attempt to dismember the Union
But two per cent of her people were in favor of disunion.
Some few of