The despot’s heel, or a good swift kick from the tip of the boot?

Posted on July 17, 2011 by

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I haven’t given much attention to Maryland lately, and having read the following (below) passage the other day from Marylander C. Armour Newcomer’s book (p. 10), Cole’s Cavalry; or Three Years in the Saddle in the Shenandoah Valley (1895), I thought back to my earlier post about the misconception that Maryland was Southern, and therefore, naturally, Confederate. Newcomer, writing about the early days of the war, noted:

Since the riot, affairs in Baltimore had assumed an entirely different aspect, owing to the occupancy of the city by the Government forces, under the command of Major General Benjamin F. Butler, and those of us who were compelled to leave so hastily on account of our Union sentiments, now had an opportunity of returning to our homes without fear of molestation.

So, you see… it’s all a matter of perspective, depending on whether the person was a Maryland Unionist, or a Maryland secessionist. To the secessionist, Lincoln’s actions were oppressive; but to the Unionist, his actions equated to a welcome kick in the pants to the upstart secessionists.

Simple educational lesson for the day for Maryland’s Civil War history.

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