George's were on the march.
Three batteries of light artillery were out on the streets, and the city was braced up in tense excitement.
Just after the people had gone to church on that day, about half-past 10, two men rode down Charles Street, in a sweeping gallop, from beyond the boundary to Lexington
and down Lexington
to the city hall.
They shouted as they flashed by, ‘The Yankees
are coming, the Yankees
Twenty-four hundred of Pennsylvania
troops, only half of them armed, had got as far as Cockeysville
, twenty miles from Baltimore
, where they had been stopped by the burnt bridges, and had gone into camp.
These couriers of disaster brought the news of this fresh invasion and it flashed through the city like an electric shock.
The churches dismissed their congregations, their bells rang, and in the twinkling of an eye the streets were packed with people—men and women in the hysterics of excitement pressing guns, pistols, fowling pieces, swords, daggers, bowie knives
, every variety of weapon, upon the men and beseeching them to drive back the hated invader.
In an hour Monument Square
was packed, crammed with such a mass of quivering humanity as has rarely been seen in human history.
Early that morning the mayor had gone to Washington
on a special train to see the President
and General Scott
at the invitation of the former to the governor and mayor to visit him for conference as to the best way to preserve the peace.
They arrived at an understanding that no more troops were to be marched through Baltimore
They were to be brought from Harrisburg
down to the Relay House
on the Northern Central railroad, seven miles north-west of the city, and thence by rail to Washington
proposed this plan to the President
, if the people of Maryland would permit it and would not molest the troops
. But if they were attacked, the general of the army said, he would bring troops from Perryville