everywhere are always afraid.
The ‘have beens’ ever recur to the peaceful times when they directed affairs, and always will be abhorrent of noise, of tumult, of violence, of force and of change.
They cannot be leaders in revolution.
. at this crisis of her history was cursed by just such ‘conservatism.’
It was caused by her geographical position.
She could only follow.
She can never lead in such a crisis.
She lacked young leaders.
was in a worse situation, for her leaders led her into the quagmire of neutrality.
was better off, for Jackson
on the one side and Frank Blair
on the other were positive men, and promptly ranged the people of the State
in arms, for their respective sides.
had sons who were educated soldiers.
Robert Milligan McLane
came of soldier blood.
His grandfather, Allan McLane
, had been the comrade of Light Horse Harry in the campaign of Valley Forge
and had led the Delaware Legion, as Lee
had the Virginians.
graduated at West Point
, served with distinction in the Florida
campaign, but after that left the army and entered politics in Maryland
He had served in the State legislature, as representative in Congress from Maryland
, and occupied a conspicuous place in the confidence of the State
rights Southern people of Maryland
. George W. Hughes
had served with distinction for many years in the army of the United States and had won the grade of colonel in Mexico
He was now living in affluence and retirement on his plantation in Anne Arundel county
The party of action, the young men, looked to these old soldiers for advice and leadership.
But they were too old soldiers to plunge into a fight without troops, arms, ammunition or a commissary department.
and other young men were ready, but they had neither the experience nor the knowledge to qualify them for immediate leadership.
So on the night of April 18, 1861, Maryland
was standing alert, braced up, ready to charge at the word.