Monday, April 25, 2011

Thursday, April 25

We were glad to have a call from T. W. Moore, he was in Baltimore the morning of the 19th, but left for Philadelphia before the attack upon the Massachusetts troops.  He was on the train with the next Massachusetts regiment, which was ordered back.  He said he never saw men so excited.  It was all their officers could do to restrain them.  They wanted to rush on and attack the mob that had slain their comrades, regardless though every man should fall.   Esq. Moore came home by the way of Pittsburgh, found the war excitement intense everywhere.  Mr. Wells of Chester, Mr. Bosworth of Pomeroy also called and talked over the war news.  Great apprehension has been felt for the safety of Washington city, but the brave old Lieutenant General Scott is there and it is believed to be safe.  Fourteen thousand volunteers are now in the city and ten thousand more on the march.  Any number can be obtained from the loyal states for its defence -- 4000 barrels of flour destined for Richmond, Va., have been seized and will aid in supplying the Capitol.  
Jeff. Davis, President of the Southern Confederacy is said to be now in Richmond with his General, Beauregard, preparing to lay siege to Washington.  Dispatches say he has one hundred thousand men under arms.  This is doubtless exageration.  [sic]  It is said he sent word to President Lincoln to remove the women & children before Saturday.  I hear but one feeling expressed, and that is, to have the whole matter brought to an issue and settled for good -- cost what it may.  We hope in God  --  who is able to give the victory.  It is thought that Maryland will be the first battle ground.
Kate went to Mr. Greenwood's, Mr. Deming's, and called on Mrs. Cooke.  This evening a meeting was held at our school -- J. J. Hollister made patriotic speeches.  There is a reign of terror in Baltimore, union men over-bourn and fleeing for their lives.  Many people would be willing to see the city punished for its treacherous rebellion.   --  In Memphis affairs are as bad --  2000 union men, mostly mechanics, have been driven out.  Paxton of Marietta has just come from New Orleans where he was surrounded by a press gang of the Confederate army and narrowly escaped.  Three of the McClure boys are now down South and their friends naturally feel great anxiety for them.

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