After the seizure of Maryland
by the Union
troops, the process of manacling her went on with celerity and efficiently.
A Union regiment, the First Maryland, was recruited with John R. Kenly
had been major of the Maryland
-District of Columbia battalion in the Mexican
war, and had served with honor to himself, his command and to his State.
, where Colonel Watson
commanding was killed, Major Kenly
brought out the shattered remnants of the battalion with great coolness and courage, and no man of his rank came out of that war with more reputation than Major Kenly
He had experience, he had gallantry, he had ability, and he was devoted to the Union
But with this devotion he was above narrow bigotry, which refuses to recognize sincerity, honesty, or unselfishness in his opponent.
With a heart absolutely devoid of self-seeking, ignorant of dishonor, or dishonesty, Colonel Kenly
furnished as pure a character and as high a type of patriotism as served on either side in that war. He believed it his duty to stand by the Union
He did so like a soldier, like a man of honor, like a patriot, but no act of his ever stained his career, and he left no spot on his escutcheon.
He was truly ‘without fear and without stain.’
But in pressing the policy initiated by Ben Butler
, the Federal
authorities promptly carried out the latter's ideas.
The ‘State’ of Maryland
, where religious liberty and free thought were born in this world, was converted by a general order
from headquarters at Washington
into ‘the Department of Annapolis’ and Gen. N. P. Banks
was assigned to command it vice Cadwallader
, relieved, with headquarters at Baltimore
assumed command on June 10th.
On the 27th he arrested George P. Kane
, marshal of police, and confined him in Fort McHenry
The police commissioners ‘protested’ against this violation of law, and Banks
arrested them and sent them to join Kane
They sent a memorial to Congress and Congress laid it on the table.
They applied to the President