Tuesday April 16
Maryland Governor Hicks comes in for a meeting with Sec'y Cameron and Gen. Scott to discuss his state's participation in the war. Hicks relates that the call-up has stirred up great controversy, many are opposed to coercing the South. Cameron counters that their troops are only to protect Washington and public property in Maryland.
Marshal Kane, the chief of the Baltimore police, writes a letter to William Crawford, the Baltimore agent of the PWB RR:
Dear Sir: Is it true as stated that an attempt will be made to pass the volunteers from New York intended to war upon the South over your road to-day? It is important that we have explicit understanding on the subject. Your friend, George P. Kane
The Mayor George Brown states that the letter had not been submitted to him for approval, otherwise the language would have been changed.
Suspicious, Crawford forwarded the letter to Sec'y of War Cameron.
And a headline in the BALTIMORE SUN
"Must there Be WAR?"
Even after Sumter, some people here thought a compromise was still possible.
Boston Herald, April 16, 1861
ARRIVAL OF TROOPS IN BOSTON.
The Sutton Light Infantry, Capt. Knott V. Martin, and the Glover Light Guard, Captain Francis Boardman, both of Marblehead, were the first companies to reach Boston in response to the orders issued yesterday. These companies belong to the Eighth Regiment, the first named being Co. C, and the last named Co. H.
The orders reached Marblehead late yesterday afternoon, and the members the companies immediately set about preparing for their departure. This morning they assembled at their armories at 7 o'clock, and left in the train for Boston at a quarter before 2 o'clock. The train was a trifle late, and reached this city at 10 minutes before ten.
A crowd of between one and two hundred people were assemble at the depot and as the companies marched out three hearty cheers were given them. The Sutton Light Infantry numbered 34 guns and the Glover Light Guard 26 guns. These numbers will be augmented before night, as some members were unable to leave so early. The other Marblehead Company
(Co B - Capt. Phillips) is expected to arrive before noon.
From the depot the companies marched directly to Faneuil Hall, through Friend street and on their arrival to the hall they were loudly cheered,. Faneuil Hall will be the place of rendezvous instead of the Common as first contemplated. Ample arrangements have been made for the accommodations of the troops, and the election of Smith as caterer, gives evidence that they will not be compelled to go to the war on empty stomachs. Fitchburg depot hall will be occupied by some of the companies.
The military overcoats ordered recently by the State were delivered at Faneuil Hall, about ten o'clock this forenoon.
We learn that the greatest enthusiasm prevailed in Marblehead last evening. Most of the men composing the military companies of that town are mechanics with families, and the monied men of the place at once started a subscription to provide for their families during their absence.
In less than half an hour, \$1000 had been subscribed in the sum of $100 each, and this morning the amount was swelled to $1900. The subscriptions will be further increased so that these families in destitute circumstances will be amply provided for.
Among those who subscribed \$100 each were Thomas T. Paine, Wm. Fabena, Wm. R. Brown, Benjamin S. Hathaway, Porter & Gilbert, Joseph Harris & Sons, Joseph R. Bassett, Wm. Curtis and Henry F. Pitman. Francis Hooper gave $200.
From the Salem Register
At Newburyport, one, not unwilling of himself, had been urged to enlist by a wife not long married, and she was at the depot to see him off. A beautiful young woman of a good family, well-educated, and of spotless character, she said she would scorn the man who was not ready to fight for his country. This is the feeling of many ladies in that city. In the station house a half dozen said if there was a call for females for hospital duty, they would be glad to serve in any part of the country.