John W. Garrett's advice.Wanted Virginia army to Occupy Baltimore, but General Lee refused. Major McDonald's reminiscences.
Major E. H. McDonald, of Charlestown, W. Va., contributes to the sun some war history never before published, and which will prove interesting to Marylanders, particularly Baltimoreans. Major McDonald is a gentleman of high standing, and is now extensively engaged in farming and stock raising in Jefferson county. He is one of four brothers who served with distinction in the Confederate Army, and is a son of the late Colonel Angus McDonald, who commanded a Virginia cavalry regiment in the Confederate service.
Virginia troops, under command of General Kenton Harper, marched into Harpers Ferry by the light of the burning arsenal and armory, fired by the Federal soldiers before their evacuation. On the day following, Federal troops from Massachusetts were attacked by the people of Baltimore as they passed through her streets on their way to the South. Maryland's best and noblest sons were in sympathy with the South, but situated as she was, between the North and Washington, she would  have been foremost in the brunt of a terrible war. Her business men had large interests in the North as well as the South, and hesitated to stake all upon the issues of war; so, at first, she stood for neutrality, and denied the Federal troops the right to pass through her territory without her consent. When, in defiance of this right, Massachusetts troops were marched through the streets of Baltimore and her citizens were shot down in cold blood, the whole State became aroused, and would, if they could, have joined the South in her attempt to resist the invasion of her soil, by recourse to arms. In Baltimore the excitement was intense, and the offer of volunteers far exceeded the ability of the authorities to arm them. General George H. Stewart, commanding the troops in Baltimore, appealed at once to Virginia for arms, in a letter sent by L. P. Bayne and J. J. Chancellor, who, in delivering it said: ‘The people of Baltimore and the citizens of Maryland, generally, were united in at least one thing, viz: that troops volunteering for Federal service against Virginia or other sister Southern States, should not pass over the soil of Maryland if they could prevent it.’