, major of the Third.
It was in the plan to consolidate these three into one if they failed to fill up into full regiments.
promptly declined the commission sent him by Governor Letcher
, refusing to enter the military service of Virginia
on the distinct ground that Maryland
must be represented by Maryland
regiments, and for Marylanders to accept service under Virginia
would be to sacrifice the rights of the State
to the services of her own sons.
It was their duty, he believed, to give their own State the benefit of their service and of such reputation as they might be fortunate enough to win. Following this line of duty, he had caused the eight Harper's Ferry
companies to be mustered into the army of the Confederate States
, and he urged by every means in his power the consolidation of all Marylanders into the Maryland
This proved to be utterly impracticable.
They were all volunteers; away from home there was no State sentiment, no home opinion to direct or control their conduct, and they selected their associates and comrades from contiguity, from friendship and from relationship.
Men of Maryland
descent were scattered all over the Confederacy
, and thousands of young men who got through the lines sought out their relations and kinsmen in nearly every regiment of the army.
Line was the ideal of Lieut.-Col. George H. Steuart
and of Maj. Bradley T. Johnson
, and for two years they labored to collect the Marylanders.
All influences from home were directed to the same end. The flag, made in Baltimore
and brought over by Hetty Carey
, was inscribed ‘First Regiment Maryland Line.’
But not until 1863 was any considerable force embodied under that name.
In the early summer of 1861 the way to Virginia
was open and thousands of ardent youth left home and friends to fight for the South
In a few months, however, Maryland
was hermetically sealed.
Her bays were patrolled by gun boats, her rivers were picketed, and a