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roads consented not only to reduce their rates for mail service and conveyance for troops and munitions of war, but vul. antarily proffered to take their compensation in bonds of the Confederacy, for the purpose of leaving all the resources or the government at its disposal for the common defence. Under the act of the Provisional Congress authorizing a loan, proposals issued for the subscription of five millions of dollars were answered by the prompt subscription of more than eight millions by its own citizens; and not a bid was made under par. Requisitions for troops were met with such alacrity that the number in every instance, tendering their services, exveeded the demand. Under the bill for public defence, one hundred thousand volunteers were authorized to be accepted by the Confederate States government for a twelve months' term of service. The gravity of age and the zeal of youth rivalled each other to be foremost in the public service; every village bristled with bayonets; large forces were put in the field at Charleston, Pensacola, Forts Morgan, Jackson, St. Philip, and Pulaski; while formidable numbers from all parts of the Confederacy were gathered in Virginia, on what was now becoming the immediate theatre of the war. On the 20th day of May, the seat of government was removed from Montgomery, Alabama, to Richmond, Virginia, and President Davis was welcomed in the latter city with a burst of genuine joy and enthusiasm, to which none of the military pageants of the North could furnish a parallel.
It had been supposed that the Sonthern people, poor in manofactures as they were, and in the haste of preparation for the mighty contest that was to ensue, would find themselves but illy provided with arms to contend with an enemy rich in the ineans and munitions of war. This disadvantage had been provided against by the timely act of one man. Mr. Floyd, of Virginia, when Secretary of War under Mr. Buchanan's administration, had by a single order effected the transfer of 115,000 improved muskets and rifles froin the Springfield armory and Watervliet arsenal to different arsenals at the South. Adding to these the number of arms distributed by the Federal governinent to the States in preceding years of our history, and those purchased by the States and citizens, it was safely estimated that the South entered upon the war with one hun
dred and fifty thousand small-arms of the most approved modern pattern and the best in the world.
The government at Washington rapidly collected in that city a vast and motley army. Baltimore had been subdued; the route through it was restored; and such were the facilities of Northern transportation, that it was estimated that not less than four or five thousand volunteers were transported through the former Thermopylæ of Baltimore in a single day. The first evidences of the despotic purposes of the Lincoln government were exhibited in Maryland, and the characteristics of the war that it had commenced on the South were first displayed in the crushing weight of tyranny and oppression it laid upon a State which submitted before it was conquered.
The Legislature of Maryland did nothing practical. It was unable to arm the State, and it made no attempt to improve the spirit of the people, or to make preparations for any future opportunity of action. It assented to the attitude of submission indefinitely. It passed resolutions protesting against the military occupation of the State by the Federal government, and indicating sympathy with the South, but concluding with the declaration : "under existing circumstances, it is inexpedient to call a sovereign Convention of the State at this time, or take any measures for the immediate organization or arming of the militia." The government of Abraham Lincoln was not a government to spare submission or to be moved to magna. nimity by the helplessness of a supposed enemy. The submission of Maryland was the signal for its persecution. By the middle of May, her territory was occupied by thirty thousand Federal troops; her quota of troops to the war was demanded at Washington, and was urged by a requisition of her obsequi ous governor; the city of Baltimore was invested by General Butler of Massachusetts, houses and stores searched for cancealed arms, and the liberties of the people violated, with every possible addition of mortification and insult.
In a few weeks the rapid and aggravated progression of arts of despotism on the part of the Lincoln government reachd its height in Maryland. The authority of the mayor and yolice board of the city of Baltimore was superseded, and thir persons seized and imprisoned in a military fortress; the rit of habeas corpus was suspended by the single and unconsti
tional authority of the President; the houses of suspected citizens were searched, and they themselves arrested by mili tary force, in jurisdictions where the Federal courts were in uninterrupted operation; blank warrants were issued for domi ciliary visits; and the sanctity of private correspondence was violated by seizing the dispatches preserved for years in the telegraph offices of the North, and making them the subject of inquisition for the purpose of discovering and punishing as traitors men who had dared to reproach the Northern government for an unnatural war, or had not sympathized with its , rancor and excesses.
Such was the inauguration of the strong government” of Abraham Lincoln in Maryland, and the repetition of its acts was threatened upon the “rebel" States of the South, with the addition that their cities were to be laid in ashes, their soil Bown with blood, the slaves freed and carried in battalions against their masters, and “the rebels” doomed, after their subjection, to return home to find their wives and children in rags, and gaunt Famine sitting at their firesides.
Confidence of tce North.--Characteristic Boasts.-" Crusbing out the Rebellion."Volunteering in the Northern Cities.--The New York "Invincibles.”—Misrepresentations of the Gorernment at Washington.--Mr. Seward's Letter to the French Government.--Another Call for Federal Volunteers.-Opening Movements of the Campaign.The Federal Occupation of Alexandria.- Death of Col. Ellsworth.-Fortress Monroe.The BATTLE OF BETHEL.-Results of this Battle.—Gen. Joseph E. Johnston.—The Upper Potomac.—Evacuation and Destruction of Harper's Ferry.— The Movements in the Upper Portion of the Valley of Virginia.—Northwestern Virginia.—The Battle of Rica MOUNTAIN.-Carrock's Ford.—The Retreat of the Confederates.-General MoClellan.-Meeting of the Federal Congress.—Mr. Lincoln's Message.—Kentucky:Western Virginia.-Large Requisitions for Men and Money by the Federal Governnient.-Its Financial Condition.-Financial Measures of the Southern Confederacy.Contrast between the Ideas of the Rival Governments.-Conservatism of the Southern Revolution. -Despotic Excesses of the Government at Washington.
NOTHING could exceed the boastful and unlimited expressions of confidence on the part of the Northern people, in the speedy "crushing out of the rebellion," and of contempt for the means and resources of the South to carry on any thing like formidable war.
In the light of subsequent events, these expressions and vaunts give a grotesque illustration of the ideas with which the Northern people entered upon the war.
The New York people derided the rebellion. The Tribuna declared that it was nothing more or less than the natural recourse of all mean-spirited and defeated tyrannies to rule or ruin, making, of course, a wide distinction between the will and power, for the hanging of traitors is sure to begin before one month is over." "The nations of Europe,” it continued, may rest assured that Jeff. Davis & Co. will be swinging from the battlements at Washington, at least, by the 4th of July. We spit upon a later and longer deferred justice."
The New York Times gave its opinion in the following vigorous and confident spirit: “Let us make quick work. The rebellion,' as some people designate it, is an unborn tadpele. Let us not fall into the delusion, noted by Hallam, of mistaking a 'local commotion’ for a revolution. A strong active 'pull together' will do our work effectually in thirty days. We have only to send a column of 25,000 men across
the Potomac to Richmond, and burn out the rats there; another column of 25,000 to Cairo, seizing the cotton ports of the Mississippi; and retaining the remaining 25,000, included ir Mr Lincoln's call for 75,000 men, at Washington, not becanse there is need for them there, but because we do not require their services elsewhere."
The Philadelphia Press declared that “no man of sense could, for a moment, doubt that this much-ado-about-nothing would end in a month.” The Northern people were “simply invincible.” “The rebels,” it prophesied, “a mere band of ragamuffins, will fly, like chaff before the wind, on our approach."
The West was as violent as the North or the East. In the States of Iowa and Wisconsin, among the infidel Dutch, no rein was drawn upon the wild fanaticism. In Illinois, too, there was a fever of morbid violence. The Chicago Tribune insisted on its demand that the West be allowed to fight the battle through, since she was probably the most interested in the suppression of the rebellion and the free navigation of the Mississippi. “Let the East,” demanded this valorous sheet, " get out of the way; this is a war of the West. We can fight the battle, and successfully, within two or three months at the furthest. Illinois can whip the South by herself. We insist on the matter being turned over to us."
The Cincinnati Commercial, in commenting upon the claims of the West, remarked that "the West ought to be made the vanguard of the war”—and proceeded: “We are akin, by trade and geography, with Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri, and in sentiment to the noble Union patriots who have a majority of three to one in all these States. An Ohio army would be received with joy in Nashville, and welcomed in a speech of congratulation by Andrew Johnson. Crittenden and Frank Blair are keeping Kentucky and Missouri all right. The re. bellion will be crushed out before the assemblage of Congress -no doubt of it.”
Not a paper of influence in the North, at that time, had the remotest idea of the conflict; not a journalist who rose to the emergencies of the occasion--all was passion, rant, and bombast.
In the Northern cities, going to the war for “ three months,"