intended to send them to the Dry Tortugas
, but there being no steamer fit for the voyage in Hampton Roads
, they were dispatched to Fort Warren
in Boston harbor
Liberty of the press as well as free speech had gone after the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.
On the 11th of September Simon Cameron
, secretary of war
, had issued an order to General Banks
that the passage of an ordinance of secession by the legislature, which was to assemble at Frederick
on September 17th, must be prevented, even if the arrest of the legislature was necessary to accomplish this end. Maj.-Gen. George B. McClellan
, then commanding the army of the Potomac, issued his order to General Banks
to have everything prepared to arrest the whole party when they assembled.
sent his aide, R. Morris Copeland
, to attend to this business, and he accomplished it very successfully, ‘greatly assisted by several citizens of the place,’ says the chronicler.
Both houses were called to order on the 17th, at 1 p. m., but no quorum appearing, they adjourned until the next day. The climate of Frederick
was disagreeable to many of the protesters at that particular season.
But Major Copeland
was equal to the emergency.
He closely picketed the town and held everybody in who was in, and took everybody in who wanted to go out. On the 18th he arrested Milton Y. Kidd
, the chief clerk
of the house, and his assistant, Thomas H. Moore
; William Kilgour
, secretary of the senate, and his assistant, L. P. Carmark
, and John M. Brewer
, reading clerk of the senate, and William E. Salmon
, Elbridge G. Kilbourne
, Thomas J. Claggett
, Philip F. Raisin
, Andrew Kessler
, Josiah H. Gordon
, James W. Maxwell
, R. C. McCubbin
, George W. Landing, Dr. Bernard Mills
, William R. Miller
, Clark J. Durant
, John I. Heckart
and J. Lawrence Jones
, members of the house; E. Riley
, printer of the house and editor of the ‘Annapolis Republican,’ and a number of citizens of Frederick
pointed out by the ‘citizens of the place who were greatly assisting.’