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They took all in good spirits, except the failure in the commissariat department at their quarters. Some bacon sides had been served out in the basement (Senate kitchen refectory), where a fire had been started, and some of the soldiers were struggling, with a dull knife, to chip off a rasher, but nothing seemed to be in readiness for the hungry men."
In New York city all classes were aroused. The First Regiment of Zouaves bound themselves by a solemn oath to march through Baltimore.
On the 19th the Trinity Church steeple was graced with a starry flag, amidst the uproarious cheers of thousands in Broadway and Wall Streets. The chimes pealed out the "Star-Spangled Banner" and "Hail Columbia."
The celebrated Seventh Regiment, of New York, Col. Lefferts, numbering nine hundred and ninety-one men, left New York for Washington. They received a continuous ovation all through New Jersey. Cannon were fired and houses illuminated. They reached Philadelphia late at night. The streets were alive with people to witness their arrival. They proceeded on their way, and arrived at Annapolis on the 21st, where they were joined by the Massachusetts Eighth, with Gen. Butler.
Early on the morning of the 24th, the New York Seventh and Massachusetts Eighth Regiments marched from Annapolis, and arrived at the Junction, a distance of nineteen miles, at ten o'clock on the morning of the 25th, and, at four o'clock in the afternoon, left in the train for Washington.
To give those of our readers who have never witnessed such a scene some faint idea of the hasty greetings and hurried farewells immediately preceding the departure of a regiment, we subjoin the following from a New York paper. It may provoke a smile, and serve to lighten a dark picture.
“At about a quarter to three o'clock a general hurry
and movement throughout the rooms indicated that the time for muster was near at hand. The officers moved faster and seemed more preoccupied. Col. Lefferts bluntly declined the offer of an escort from the Zouave corps, on the ground that it should have been made before, and that he had now no time to arrange for it. Recruits were told that it was too late to consider their cases now, and that they must report at some volunteer station. The members began to file off into their company rooms, from which outsiders were now excluded. Tardy arrivals were greeted enthusiastically, in the same spirit that the Biblical shepherd rejoiced more over the one sheep he imagined lost than over the flocks he had safely penned. 'Why, here's Pete!' 'I thought you wasn't coming; 'Bully for you, old buffer!' were the rough welcomes shouted to new-comers. Yonder are a party of friends, some of whom are to go with the regiment, while the others stay at home, and you may hear the request,— 'Kill one of the scoundrels for me, Billy;' the advice,
Take care of yourself, old fellow, and I'll see to things at home;' the promise, 'I'll come back promoted, father, or I won't come back at all;' and then, in a woman's voice, 'God bless you! I shall think of you and pray for you all the time. It's very hard to, but' and then a few tears, low whisperings and a kiss. The most thoughtless began to grow serious now, and the most frivolous became earnest and anxious.
"Then, as the soldiers began to engage more in conversation with each other, various interesting circumstances in connection with their departure began to be mentioned. Here were several post-office clerks, who had been granted leave of absence, with full pay, for the war; clerks in various mercantile houses had the same leave, with the same conditions. A Mr. Murphy had sent two sons and two employees with the Seventh, and armed them with fine revolvers. Other soldiers had been presented with revol
vers, also, and a general display of five and six-shooters ensued. This man had been married only two days before, but his wife said 'Go,' and he came. Another was engaged to be married on Sunday, but the wedding was postponed three months, that he might serve his country. 'I may die a bachelor yet, you know,' he lightly remarked, as he told of the circumstances. 'I haven't had time to arrange my business, for I only received notice that we should move at ten o'clock, to-day,' remarked another, but I'm here, my hearties.' 'I wonder will all the boys turn out?' said a sergeant; a day and a half is short work, eh?" By George,' laughed another, adjusting his sword-belt, 'I came up here to bid you good-by, but I couldn't stand it, so I jumped into these things, and will go along. Didn't have much time to bid the folks farewell you bet.' 'What do you think the Governor said to me?' asked a young recruit; 'why, he said "Remember Sumter!" and said he'd like to go. too.' 'That's like Fan,' shouted another; she said she'd go if she were a man. Do you think I'd back out after that?' 'How are you, my boy? You didn't back out, did you?' Then a long shake-hands, and the response, 'Nor I didn't want to.' Here's a bouquet Mollie sent. Look at that," May peace soon bring you back to me." 'Mother gave me this little flag. God bless her! I'll never disgrace it.' What do you think of that for a badge? (displaying a beautifully-worked rosette); that goes over my heart.' Breaking up these conversations there came, every once in a while, cheers upon cheers for the Seventh and for the Union, and snatches of national songs, shouted with hearty, untremulous voices."
On the 20th the Virginia secessionists, in Richmond, had a great rejoicing over the fall of Fort Sumter. They claim to have had three thousand in procession, hoisted the Southern Confederacy flag, fired a hundred guns,
and had exulting speeches from Governor Letcher, Attorney-General Tucker, and other magnates. On motion of John M. Patton, they enthusiastically
Resolved, That we rejoice with high, exultant, heartfelt joy at the triumph of the Southern Confederacy over the accursed government at Washington in the capture of Fort Sumter."
Many of the houses were brilliantly illuminated from attic to cellar; flags of the Southern Confederacy were abundantly displayed from roofs and windows; the streets blazed with bonfires; the sky lighted with showers of pyrotechnics; and, until midnight, crowd after crowd found speakers to address them from balconies and street-corners.
An immense meeting, called by Virginia citizens at Mobile, took place on the 18th, with great enthusiasm and rejoicing over the secession of Virginia. At Montgomery, same day, a meeting of the Virginians, Louisianians, Tennesseeans and Kentuckians was held, to rejoice over the glorious news from Virginia. One hundred guns were fired, the city illuminated, and general joy expressed that the revolution was complete. Nearly all the naval officers of Virginia had sent in their resignations to Washington. The confederate flag was raised at Point of Rocks, in Maryland, on the 19th. The rebellion in Virginia was formidable. Northern men, with their families, were expelled, leaving everything, narrowly escaping with their lives. So bitter was the feeling against them that many were compelled to leave for expressing Union sentiments.
Governor Dennison, of Ohio, appointed Capt. George B. McClellan, formerly of the army, major-general and commander-in-chief of the Ohio State troops. This gentleman is a graduate of West Point, served with marked distinction during the Mexican war, and was one of three officers sent by our government to watch the campaign at the Crimea.
Steamship Star of the West captured by rebels, under Col. Van Dorn, off Indianola, and taken to New Orleans as a prize to the Confederate States.
A mob from Baltimore destroyed the railroad bridges on the line to Philadelphia. All the bridges between Baltimore and Havre de Grace were destroyed or rendered useless. The trains on the night of the 20th went through safely to the bridge at Canton (three miles from Baltimore), where a crowd lying in wait fired pistols at the engineer, who stopped the train. The crowd compelled the passengers to leave the cars, and, taking possession of them, forced the engineer to take them back to the Gunpowder River bridge. Here the train stopped. The crowd set fire to the draw of the bridge, and remained until that portion was burnt. They then returned to the Bush River bridge, and set the draw on fire. Next they went to the Canton bridge and burned that. The train then conveyed its passengers to Baltimore.
A body of carpenters and workmen, armed, were sent from Harrisburg to repair the bridges on the Northern and Central Road, which, conjointly with men sent from Philadelphia, and some Massachusetts soldiers, soon put the road in good order.
Gosport Navy Yard, opposite Norfolk, Va., was burned by United States officers, to prevent its falling into the hands of the secessionists. United States ships Pennsylvania, seventy-four guns; Delaware, seventy-four; Columbus, seventy-four; steam-frigate Merrimac, forty-four; frigate Raritan, forty-four; frigate Columbia, forty-four; sloop Germantown, twenty-two; sloop Plymouth, twentytwo; brig Dolphin, eight; and the frigate United States (in ordinary), in the harbor, were scuttled and set on fire. The value of property destroyed is estimated at fifty million dollars.
The steamer Yankee reports arrived at Norfolk, on the