It is said now that the Government has 40,000 men at the Capital, 5000 at Fortress Monroe, from 5000 to 10,000 in Maryland and overlooking the borders of Virginia. 50,000 more are standing to their arms east of the Alleghenies ready to be precipitated on the point that needs them most. All this has been accomplished since the President's proclamation four weeks ago, while at the west war-like preparations have been pushed forward with astonishing vigor.
"Ohio alone is putting in motion an army twice as large as that commanded by Napoleon the first in his earliest and most brilliant campaign in Italy." "A wild enthusiasm" has swept the whole northwest like a prairie fire, -- the men and the money free will offerings.
God grant to our soldiers patient endurance under hardships, nerve and valor in the day of battle and victory for the right.
William Cutler, Julia's brother, had been elected to the House of Representatives from Ohio. He was a well respected speaker in south-eastern Ohio and a well-respected business man. Fort Putnam was near Marietta and its citizens were concerned for their safety.