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Bladensburg (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
Eighth Massachusetts remaining to hold the road they had just opened. Before their departure from Annapolis, the Baltic, a large steam-ship transport, had arrived there with troops, and others speedily followed. General Scott ordered General Butler to remain there, hold the Annapolis Junction in 1861. town and the road, and superintend the forwarding of troops to the Capital. The Department of Annapolis, which embraced the country twenty miles on each side of the railway, as far as Bladensburg, was created, and General Butler was placed in command of it, with ample discretionary powers to make him a sort of military dictator. This power, as we shall observe presently, he used with great efficiency. The railway from Annapolis Junction to Washington was uninjured and unobstructed, and the Seventh Regiment reached the Capital early in the afternoon of the 25th, where they were heartily welcomed by the loyal people. They were the first troops that arrived at the seat of Govern
Newport (Rhode Island, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
Massachusetts men; now she was preserved to the uses of the Government, for whose sovereignty she had gallantly fought, by the hands of Massachusetts men. This, said General Butler, in an order thanking the troops for the service, is a sufficient triumph of right; a sufficient triumph for us. By this the blood of our friends, shed by the Baltimore mob, is so far avenged. We will add, that the Constitution was soon afterward taken to New York; and when the naval school was removed to Newport, Rhode Island, she became a school-ship there. In assisting to get out the Constitution, the Maryland grounded on a sand-bank. The suspected captain was confined, and the vessel was put under the management of seamen and engineers from among the Massachusetts troops. The composition of this regiment was very remarkable. It contained men skilled in almost every trade and profession; and Major Winthrop, who went out with the New York Seventh Regiment, was nearly right when he said, that if t
North Carolina (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
held that the war was an exceptional one--a holy war of Righteousness against Sin. They were, as a body of Christians, universally loyal to the flag, even in North Carolina; and while they avoided, as far as possible, the practices of war, which their conscience and Discipline condemned, they aided the Government in every other wuming the proportions of formidable and extended rebellion. By a proclamation on the 27th of April, the blockade See page 872. was extended to the ports of North Carolina and Virginia; and by another proclamation on the 3d of May, the President called into the service of the United States forty-two thousand volunteers for threeon Cape Henry, in Virginia, and ending with Point Isabel, in Texas, numbered one hundred and thirty-one. Of these, thirteen were in Virginia, twenty-seven in North Carolina, fourteen in South Carolina, thirteen in Georgia, eighteen in Florida, eight in Alabama, twenty-four in Louisiana, and fourteen in Texas. and enlisted activel
Robert Patterson (search for this): chapter 18
n, now (1865) United States Senator from Ohio, was then an aid-de-camp of General Patterson. He was sent by that officer to lay before General Scott the advantages of the Annapolis route, suggested by General Patterson. The route was approved of by the Lieutenant-General. See A Narrative of the Campaign in the Valley of the Shenandoah: by Robert Patterson, late Major-General of Volunteers. The Massachusetts regiment had been joined at Springfield by a company under Captain H. S. Brigge to do so with less than ten thousand armed men. He counseled with Major-General Robert Patterson, who had just been appointed commander of the Department of Washinggn against Baltimore. I suppose, he said, in a letter to General Butler, General Patterson, and others, April 29, 1861. that a column from this place [Washington] House, preparing to carry out his plan for seizing Baltimore. Meanwhile General Patterson, anxious to vindicate the dignity and honor of his Government, and to tea
Bayard Taylor (search for this): chapter 18
e could hardly be restrained from banding in thousands and tens of thousands, for the purpose of opening that way. Turn upon it the guns of Fort McHenry! cried one.--Lay it in ashes! cried another.--Fifty thousand men may be raised in an hour, exclaimed a third, to march through Baltimore. Bow down in haste thy guilty head! God's wrath is swift and sore: The sky with gathering bolts is red-- Cleanse from thy skirts the slaughter shed, Or make thyself an ashen bed, O Baltimore! wrote Bayard Taylor. And an active citizen of New York (George Law), in a letter to the President, in which he declared that the people of the Free-labor States demanded of the Government measures to open and establish lines of direct communication with the Capital, said: Unless this is done, they will be compelled to take the matter into their own hands, let the consequences be what they may, and let them fall where they will. The same sentiment animated the Government as soon as Railway Battery. it f
Charles Homans (search for this): chapter 18
ler, Monday night, April 22, 1861. He changed his mind, and early the next morning the two regiments joined hands in vigorous preparations for that strange, eventful march on the Capital, which has no parallel in history. In the mean time, two companies of the Massachusetts troops had seized the railway station, and there found a locomotive engine disabled and concealed. Does any one know any thing about this machine? inquired General Butler. Our shop made that engine, General, said Charles Homans, of the Beverly Light Guard, as he looked sharply at it. I guess I can put her in order and run her. --Do it, said the General; and it was soon done, for that regiment was full of engineers, workers in metal, and mechanics of all kinds. It seemed like a providential organization, made expressly, with its peculiar leader, for the work in hand. Such impediments of civil authority, hostile feeling, armed resistance, and destructive malignity, would have appalled almost any other man and b
John W. Davis (search for this): chapter 18
the name of the National Government. The policemen refused compliance, until they should receive orders to that effect from Marshal Kane, to whom word was immediately sent. A large crowd rapidly collected at the spot, but were quiet. Kane soon appeared, with a deputy marshal and several policemen, when Hare, in the name of General Butler, repeated the demand for a surrender. Kane replied that he could not do so without the sanction of the Police Commissioners. In the mean time, Commissioner J. W. Davis had arrived, and, after consultation, he hastened to the office of the Board of Police, when that body determined to surrender the arms under protest, and they did so. The doors of the warehouse were then opened, and thirty-five drays and furniture wagons were employed in carrying away the arms. They were in boxes, ready for shipment to the insurgents in Virginia or elsewhere, and consisted of two thousand two hundred muskets, and four thousand and twenty pikes or spears, manufactu
George Washington (search for this): chapter 18
or shipment to the insurgents in Virginia or elsewhere, and consisted of two thousand two hundred muskets, and four thousand and twenty pikes or spears, manufactured by Winans. While the vehicles were a loading, the crowd, which had become large, were somewhat agitated by persons who desired a collision, but there was very little disturbance of any kind. The arms were taken to Federal Hill, and from there to Fort McHenry. cast Ross Winans into Fort McHenry, in accordance with orders from Washington, and was preparing to try him by court-martial for his alleged crimes, when a letter, bearing a sting of reproof, came from General Scott, saying:--Your hazardous occupation of Baltimore was made without my knowledge, and, of course, without my approbation. It is a God-send that it was without a conflict of arms. It is also reported that you have sent a detachment to Frederick, but this is impossible. Not a word have I heard from you as to either movement. Let me hear from you. The
cting some insurgents from Baltimore, and they intended, with united force, to seize the venerable frigate Constitution, then moored there as a school-ship, and add her to the Confederate navy. For four days and nights her gallant commander, Captain Blake, Superintendent of the Academy, had kept her guns double-shotted, expecting an attack every moment. The arrival of the Massachusetts troops was just in time to save the Constitution. Communication was speedily opened between General Butler and Captain Blake, and a hundred of the troops, who were seamen at home, with the Salem Zouaves as a guard, were detailed to assist in getting the Constitution from the wharf, and putting her out beyond the bar in a place of safety. With the help of the Maryland, acting as a tug, this was accomplished. That venerable vessel, in which Hull, and Bainbridge, and Stewart had won immortal honors in the Second War for Independence, was built in Boston, and was first manned by Massachusetts men; no
Timothy Monroe (search for this): chapter 18
and down that great thoroughfare to Courtlandt Street and the Jersey City Ferry. The side-walks all the way were densely packed with men, women, and children. Banners were streaming everywhere. Banners from balcony, banners from steeple, Banners from house to house, draping the people; Banners upborne by all-men, women, and children, Banners on horses' fronts, flashing, bewild'ring! The shipping at the ferry was brilliant with flags. Already the Eighth Massachusetts Regiment, Colonel Timothy Monroe, See pages 401 and 402. accompanied by General Benjamin F. Butler, one of the most remarkable men of our time, had passed through the vast throng that was waiting for the New York Seventh, and being greeted with hearty huzzas and the gift of scores of little banners by the people. At sunset all had gone over the Hudson — the New York Seventh and Massachusetts Eighth--and crossed New Jersey by railway to the banks of the Delaware. It had been a Private of the Seventh Regiment..
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