Therefore there was no sympathy in Maryland
for the proceedings convulsing the Southern States
But the proclamation of the President
, calling for 75,000 men ‘to redress wrongs already too long endured,’ changed the whole situation in the twinkling of an eye. It was no longer union or disunion, secession or State rights.
It was a question of invasion and self-defense.
The President had declared war on her sister State.
to support that war, or was she to stand by with hands folded and see her friends and kindred beyond the Potomac
put to the sword and the torch?
War on a State was against the common right.
The cause of each was the cause of all; and precisely as Maryland
had responded in 1775 to the cry of Massachusetts
for assistance, so now did the people of Maryland
, over governor, over general assembly, over peace commissioners, respond to the call of Virginia
The peace commissioners reported on May 6th.
On the 8th Captain Johnson
, having secured from Mason
an engagement that all troops that would go from Maryland
should be promptly received into the army of the Confederate States
, and from Colonel Jackson
, in command at Harper's Ferry
, permission to rendezvous on the Virginia
side, opposite Point of Rocks
, marched out of Frederick
to that place, crossed the Potomac
and reported to Capt. Turner Ashby
, then posted there with his troops of horse.
was to feed the Marylanders until further orders.
This pioneer company showed the way, and in a few days detachments of companies began to straggle in—the debris of Trimble
's fifteen thousand enrolled volunteers in Baltimore
Some marched with a semblance of order from Baltimore to the Point of Rocks
Some straggled in by twos and threes.
Some came in squads on the railroad.
But the State
was aflame and a steady stream of gallant youth poured into the rendezvous at Point of Rocks
and Harper's Ferry
By May 21st there were the skeletons of eight companies collected at Point of Rocks