in three hours, and the banks of the State would have supplied $5,000,000 for the defense of the State
in a week.
The plan of the projectors of the committee of safety was to arm the militia.
They expected to equip forty thousand men as promptly as the Northern States
had armed and equipped their volunteers, and they knew that Maryland
volunteers would take arms as quickly as those of Massachusetts
They did not propose to carry the State
out of the Union
, but they intended to arm their young men and command the peace in the State
When that failed, as fail they knew it would, the State
would be represented by forty thousand armed and equipped volunteers who would carry her flag in the front line and would make her one of the Confederate States
in fact, if not in name.
These were the intentions of Captain Johnson
and men of his age in the legislature and in the State
, and they were constant and ardent in pressing them in the general assembly.
The Conservatives, however, preferred the processes of the law, and could not understand how force could decide questions of right.
It would be better to bring trespass quare clausum
at the Relay
for digging trenches and piling up earthworks, to sue out injunctions against illegal arrests and a mandamus to make Cadwallader
's writ of habeas corpus!
The committee on Federal relations agreed on their report May 7th that it was inexpedient to take any steps toward the organization and arming of the militia, though it was not made until the 10th.
But on the 8th Johnson
and his company marched to Virginia
At the Point of Rocks
he arranged with Capt. James Ashby
to ride into Frederick
, seize the governor and carry him off to Virginia
and thus break up the State
government and throw it into the hands of the legislature, who would be obliged to take charge during the interregnum.
A notice to this effect was sent to the leaders in the