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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Washington on the Eve of the War. (search)
ance of the Metropolitan Hotel, Captain Schaeffer, of the National Rifles of Washington, and I spoke to him about his company, which was remarkable for drill. Schaeffer had been a lieutenant in the Third United States Artillery, and was an excellent drill-master. He had evidently not yet heard of my appointment as Inspector-General, and he replied to my complimentary remarks on his company: Yes, it is a good company, and I suppose I shall soon have to lead it to the banks of the Susquehanna! Why so?? I asked. Why! To guard the frontier of Maryland and help to keep the Yankees from coming down to coerce the South! I said to him quietly that I thought it very imprudent in him, an employee of the Department of the Interior and captain of a company of District of Columbia volunteers, to use such expressions. He replied that most of his men were Marylanders, and would have to defend Maryland. I told him that he would soon learn that he had been imprudent, and advis