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‘ [254] suffer my right arm to be torn from my body before I will raise it to strike a sister State.’ He had already assured the people that no troops should be sent from Maryland unless it might be for the defense of the national capital. These expressions will give some idea of public sentiment in those days, when a sovereign State counted for much more and the Federal Government for much less than they do to-day.

Everything, therefore, was ripe for the events of the 19th of April. The mayor and the police commissioners knew the danger of sending troops through the city. It was believed they would come that day, and the city authorities made every effort to learn the hour of their arrival, so that they might be protected. But all information was denied them by the military authorities and by the railroad officials.

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