he capital and to save the nation.
The New York Seventh, the ideal soldiers of peace parades, but in reality a gallant and game set, was filling its ranks, its cartridge boxes and its haversacks, and standing at attention, waiting word of command and tap of drum.
Pennsylvania was rallying to the call of her great governor.
The Democracy of the West, roused by Douglas, was rising as one man to defend the flag, and one serried, unbroken line of steel stretched from the northeast corner of Maine to the Mississippi river, ready to march forward to invade, to crush and to conquer the South.
There could be no misunderstanding as to the meaning of all this.
It meant war—nothing but war. War by one section on another.
War urged on by hatred, by malice, by greed, by desire for conquest, to overthrow institutions existing before the republic, to destroy a social order which had given the world soldiers, statesmen and philosophers, the peers of any who had ever lived.
The common people
f the city, to be used at the discretion of the mayor.
The banks furnished the money in two hours. Capt. Wilson Carey Nicholas, with the Garrison Forest Rangers—afterward Company G., First Maryland regiment, seized the United States arsenal at Pikesville, where there was a deposit of antiquated arms and a considerable supply of gunpowder.
All the city companies of militia were under arms in their armories.
Col. Benjamin Huger, of South Carolina, who had been in command at Pikesville for some Pikesville for some years, but who had just resigned from the army of the United States, was made colonel of the Fifty-third regiment, Maryland militia, composed of the Independent Grays and the six companies of the Maryland Guard.
The command was admirably instructed, drilled and officered, and a majority of its officers and men afterward served in the army of the Confederate States.
The mayor issued a notice calling on all citizens who had arms to deposit them with the commissioner of police, to be used in the