And they were afire at the threat of invasion of Virginia
Had the governor hinted at his ulterior hopes and designs—at his purpose to keep Maryland
quiet until she could be occupied by Northern troops and delivered, tied and manacled, to the Union
authorities—had he given open ground for suspicion of treachery, the State
would have risen, he would have been expelled, his government eradicated, and a revolutionary government of action instituted.
was a high-minded, just and honorable gentleman.
But he was a lawyer and an old man. He was devoted to his State and to his city, and no purer patriot ever lived than George William Brown
But he believed in law;
he could conceive of nothing higher than law. Force to him meant riot, and in a great city riot always means arson, robbery, murder and license.
The mayor believed that with the police and the fire departments he could control revolution and subdue the fires of insurrection.
He faithfully did his duty as he saw it. He and his police commissioners tried to keep the peace, and in three months all were landed in Federal prisons, where they were incarcerated for fourteen months, beyond the reach of habeas corpus, without charge or indictment.
thus suffered ‘the crucifixion of the soul,’ for her heart was with the Confederacy
and her body bound and manacled to the Union
On April 18th a battery of United States artillery under Major Pemberton
, accompanied by six companies of unarmed Pennsylvania
militia, arrived by the Northern Central railroad from Harrisburg
and marched via Howard street to the Baltimore & Ohio railroad station at Camden street, whence they were promptly dispatched to Washington
They were escorted through the city by a howling mob, who displayed secession flags (the Palmetto
flag of South Carolina
being conspicuous), and who emphasized their feelings by cheers for ‘Jeff Davis
and the Southern Confederacy.’
They were unarmed