The blockade runners often bring through from Baltimore
such extraordinary stories of Yankee tyranny in Maryland
that their improbability has in many cases caused their rejection by the public as untrue.
Their narratives of petty cruelty, however, are excelled by those we find in the local columns of the city newspapers.
In the city department of the Baltimore Sun
of the 6th inst., we find that eighteen persons were arrested on the day before "for attending the funeral of Capt. Wm. D. Brown
, of the Confederate army, at Greenmount Cemetery." Five of them, including the father of the deceased, were released, and the remainder were notified to appear before the Provost Marshal
At the appointed time all were present, and Mr. John H. Weaver
, the undertaker, was called to be questioned as to a new Confederate uniform reported to have been put on the body previous to burial.
The testimony of Mr.
W., was to the effect that except a piece of gray cloth laid on a portion of the body, on which the clothing had moulded, there was no change since the arrival of the body at his establishment from Gettysburg
Col. Don Piatt
, before whom the investigation took place, then released all the parties.
After their release he called on all the parties to take the oath, as there was then no compulsion.
They each and all declined to comply with the request and the declinations were noted opposite each name and kept.
Such is Yankee rule in Baltimore
We have a copy of the order of Major General Schenck
, issued after the burning of two barns, owned by two Federal enrolling officers, in Harford county, Md.
It is as follows:
Headq'rs Middle Department, Eighth Army Corps, Baltimore, July 27th, 1863.
Two barns and other property situated in the Fourth Election District, Harford county, Md.
, belonging to, or occupied by, Levi Pennington
and Joseph Perry
and brother, loyal citizens of that district, having been burnt and destroyed by persons who resorted to that outrage as a means of preventing and deterring the proper official authorities from the enforcement of the enrollment act and draft of militia in that county, it is ordered:
That the full value of said property shall be paid for by the disloyal citizens of that neighborhood.
For this purpose an assessment of three thousand dollars ($3,000,) being the estimated value of the property destroyed, is made and shall be collected immediately in the following amounts and from the following named persons, known to be disaffected to the loyal Government of the country and encouragers of rebellion and treason, and who reside within a distance of six miles from the points where the barns were burnt:
James A Amos, $221; Clement Butler
, $44; Thos L. Emory
, $18; &braham A Gilbert, $28; Shadrack R. Gilbert
, $22; Jno Hawkirs
, $34; Thos Hope, $85; Wm B. Jarrett
, $10; George Lemmon
, $49. Richard Meechem
, $30; Nathan Nelson
, $79; Nicholas H. Nelson
, $190; Robert Nelson
, $68; Evan S. Rogers
, $472; Abraham Rutlege
, $74; Jno W. Rutlege
, $178; Chas
H Raite, $155, John Rush Street, $20; Dr. St. Clair Street
, $129; Shadrack Street, Jr. $29; Dr. Abraham J. Street
, $247; John Walter Street, $56; Shadrack Street, Sr. $40; Jas R. Scarf
, $110; Ell Turner
, $48; Jas W. Folly
, $58; Howard Walters
$25; Caleb Wright
, $30; Jno D. Alderson
, $17; Thomas Alderson
, $40; Jas Watt
, $38; Nathan Hurst
, $18; Nathan Grafton
, $10; Thos Bay, $10; Howard Whitaker
, $20. Total, $3,000.
The several persons above named will be notified that they are required to pay their proportions of the assessment thus made within three days from the notification.
In case of the neglect of any of them to pay after being thus notified, an officer will at once proceed to make collection thereof; and any person refusing to pay on demand shall be forthwith arrested and sent to the Provost Marshal
of this army corps, at Baltimore
, to be held in confinement until compliance with this order is enforced.
Capt. Wm. L. Cannon
, 1st Delaware cavalry, now on duty with his command in Harford county
, is charged with giving the necessary notices, and generally with the execution of this order.
The money thus obtained will be paid over, when collected, to Capt. Robert Cathcart
, U. S. Provost Marshal
, of that Congressional district, in trust, to be distributed and paid by him to the sufferers, Messrs. Pennington
It is to be understood, however, that in consequence of the reimbursement to the owners no officer will relax his vigilance in detecting, arresting, and bringing to punishment, under the provisions of law, the guilty parties to the incendiary and treasonable acts of destruction.