South, a majority at the North
was in favor of acquiescing in the rebel demands.
But this was not all. The enemies of the nation did not confine their efforts to calumny and invective, to misrepresentation in speech and print, or even to seditious attempts to depreciate the currency and lower the financial credit of the country.
There was at this time imminent danger of disturbance and outbreak at more than one point in the North
Many Northern cities were infested with rebel spies and refugees, as well as sympathizers; a positive conspiracy against the government was detected at the West
, the ramifications of which extended into several states north of the Ohio
; still another plot was discovered to release the rebel prisoners at Chicago
, and burn the town; incendiarism was attempted at New York, and riot and insurrection were openly threatened on the day of the election, in the city where they had already occurred.1
The gloom and apprehension which existed were wide-spread and profound, and were fully warranted.
But though depressed and alarmed, the government and its friends were not dismayed.
They were determined that in every event the Union
should be preserved; they relaxed no effort, they neglected no precaution.
The conspiracy at the West
was detected in time.
Measures were taken to prevent or suppress riot; arson was punished, and troops were sent to the points at the North
where insurrection was most apprehended.
On the 19th of October, General Dix
, in command