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Arrival of recruits.

A battery of artillery and several hundred Pennsylvania recruits arrived at Bolton Station about 2 o'clock on April 18. The recruits were without uniforms and some of them almost without clothing. A few carried flint-lock rifles, but most of them were unarmed. A great crowd of people was at the station to meet them. The regulars marched to Fort McHenry, and the volunteers went down Howard street to Camden Station. Not finding a train there, they continued on to Mount Clare, where a train was made up to carry them to Washington. Several thousand people, all laboring under intense excitement, met the troops at Bolton Station and followed them to Mount Clare. All the way there was a riotous demonstration. Marshal Kane was there with 120 policemen, and while he succeeded in preventing any serious breaches of the peace, he could not stop the mouths of the people, who hissed, jerred and ridiculed the volunteers. The march through the city was rapid, and the troops were protected on either flank by files of policemen. The mob sang ‘Dixie,’ cheered for ‘Jeff.’ Davis and the Confederacy, and while the troops were getting into the cars at Mount Clare, there was pandemonium, and two bricks were hurled at them. But the train pulled out at 4 o'clock without any really serious trouble.


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