ntil the 13th of May, Baltimore was practically a Confederate town — a wedge of disaffection between the North and the South.
President Lincoln and his Cabinet were greatly annoyed by this fire in the rear, and it was decided that the city must be reduced to submission as soon as possible.
The President and his advisers wisely concluded, however, to allow things to remain as they were until the excited passions of the multitude had subsided.
After the retreat of the volunteer troops from Ashland, the city was placed under patrol, guard-houses were established, and every precaution was taken to prevent a surprise.
Colonel Isaac R. Trimble, who afterward became a general in the Confederate service, was placed in command of the ununiformed volunteers, and took possession of the Northern Central Railroad depot, where a regular camp was established.
A curious feature of the preparations for defense was the tender, on the part of several hundred colored men, of their services against t