Richmond, Va, 23 May 1862.
To the Editors of the Dispatch
Northern papers bring us the sad tidings of the murdering of our young friend Harry Stewart
, (formerly of Baltimore
, but lately of this city.) by Linsoln's hirelings, while attempting to escape from the Old Capital Prison
, at Washington city
Thus has one of Maryland
's noblest and best sons fallen rather than take the acc oath of allegiance to the Yankee Government Btewart
risked his life to gain that for which he so periled — Liberty.
Surely he has died a noble death, and the future historian can but do justice to his memory in classing him among the first of those brave and heroic sons of Maryland
who have fallen in defence of Southern rights.
was among the number who welcomed the Yankee
hirelings at Baltimore
on the memorable 19th of April, 1861. For some time he was a member of Ashby
's celebrated cavalry, and in December last, while on a visit to his parents, was arrested by the Yankee
detectives, and ever since has been confined in that accursed dungeon.
That alone is misery far worse than my feeble pen can describe.
Now, Marylanders, 1st us to the ‘"battle-field"’ and revenge this heros's death and the many wrongs our ‘"good old State"’ has on dured.
Do not, I pray you, be idle while Virginia
's bast sons are offering their all in defence of our cause.
Let us make the ‘"Old Maryland Line"’ in this war, as our fathers old in former ones, farmous and renowned for deeds of valor.
Will you not. I ask, leave this "fair and beautiful city for the stern realities of war?
Let us all unite, and with one die in the attempt.
Our fathers at home anxiously await our coming ‘"Stonewall
"’ will lead us to our own firestdes.
Then join the little band now on its way.
W. L. R.