second. “Faix, thin,” said the first, “it musht be nayther of us.”
Nothing could better illustrate the attitude of the North and South towards each other than this anecdote.
Nothing could have been more perfect than this mutual misunderstanding each displayed of the temper of the other, as the stride of events soon showed.
The story of how Major Anderson
removed his little band of United States troops from Fort Moultrie
to Fort Sumter
, in Charleston Harbor
, for reasons of greater safety, is a familiar one; likewise how the rebels fired upon a vessel sent by the President
with supplies intended for it; and, finally, after a severe bombardment of several days, how they compelled the fort to surrender.
It was these events which opened the eyes of the “Northern Doughfaces,” as those who sympathized with the South
were often called, to the real intent of the Seceders.
A change came over the spirit.
of their dreams.
Patriotism, love of the Union
, at last came uppermost.
They had heard it proposed to divide the old flag, giving a part to each section.
They had seen a picture of the emblem thus rent, and it was not a pleasing one.
Soon the greater portion of them ceased their sneers and ill-wishes, and joined in the general demand that something be done at once to assert the majesty and power of the national government.
Even President Lincoln
, who, in his inaugural address, had counselled his “countrymen, one and all, to take time and think calmly and well upon this whole subject,” had come to feel that further forbearance was no virtue, and that a decent respect for this great nation and for his office as President
demanded that something should be done speedily.
So on the 15th of April he issued a proclamation calling out 75,000 militia, for three months, to suppress the Rebellion
, and to cause the laws to be executed.
Having been a Massachusetts soldier, it is but natural that I should refer occasionally to her part in the opening