Excerpts from The Constitution, April 24, 1861 (volume 24, number 1217)

A Proclamation

Whereas, The President of the United States, by a Proclamation, declares that laws are now opposed, and the execution thereof obstructed by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, and has called forth the Militia of the several States, to the aggregate number of seventy-five thousand men, and,

Whereas, The Secretary of War has made a call upon the Executive of this State for one regiment of Militia for immediate service, therefore,

I, William A. Buckingham, Commander-in-Chief of the Militia of the State of Connecticut, call upon the patriotic citizens of this State to volunteer their services, and rendezvous immediately at the City of Hartford, reporting themselves to the Adjutant-General.

Given under my hand, and the seal of the State, at the city of Norwich ; this the sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight hundred and Sixty-one, and of the Independence of the United States, the Eighty-fifth.


Fight in Baltimore !

The Northern Troops Attacked !

Baltimore, April 19

There is a terrible scene here.  Pratt street track is torn up.  The troops attempted to march through from one depot to the other, and were attacked by a mob with bricks and stones, and fired upon.  They returned the fire.  Two were killed and several wounded.

It was the Massachusetts regiment, and they have marched through.  Three of the mob are known to be dead and three soldiers.  Many are wounded.

Affairs are getting serious.   Before all the cars got through, crowds assembled at various points and commenced obstructing the road.

The report is now current that the mob is tearing up the track. Particulars soon.

We understand a portion of the troops have gone through.

The Sun publishes a despatch from Harpers’ Ferry, dated midnight, stating that the regulars have set the shops and other buildings on fire, and retreated into Maryland.

The Latest News

Is to this morning at 10 o’clock.  It is reported in New York that the Norfolk and Gosport Navy Yards were in flames.  Nine regiments in New York State are now awaiting orders from Washington. Com. Vanderbilt has offered his whole fleet of steamers fully manned and equipped to the Government, free of expense. No news from Washington. Western Virginia is strong for the Union.

Troops are rapidly concentrating in New Haven.

Events in Middletown

Middletown is wide awake, and the events of the past week have proved that her citizens are true to the Government and the Union.  Never was so great enthusiasm manifested in this town as has been shown here for the last few days. There is a spirit of self sacrifice and devotion to the common cause worthy of the best days of the revolution.

On Thursday morning, the Lieut. Governor elect, Hon. Benjamin Douglas, summoned his workmen together, numbering about 150, made them a patriotic speech, and told them that if any of them wished to volunteer their services for the Government he would provide for their families during their absence, and if they should gloriously fall on the battle field in defence of their country’s flag, their wives and children should not want so long as he had a dollar he could call his own. Several of his men immediately enrolled themselves among the volunteers.

During Thursday and Friday, the excitement on Main street was intense. It was not advisable for any man to express traitorous sentiments. One or two incidents took place which instructed northern men with southern principles that their most prudent course was to keep still.

On Friday evening an immense MASS MEETING was held at McDonough Hall.—Never have we seen enthusiasm worked up to a higher pitch than was manifested there. The people came together without respect to party to express their firm determination to maintain the Government at any cost, and to adopt such measures as the crisis demanded. Charles C. Tyler was appointed President, and there were several Vice Presidents. Patriotic speeches were made by Messrs. Tyler, Culver, Warner, Douglas, Griffin, and by Rev. Messrs. Taylor, Dudley and Woodruff. A resolution was adopted for the appointment of a committee to raise funds and provide means for the families of those who shall volunteer their services for the Government, and to provide uniforms for the companies going from Middletown. This committee consisted of Messrs. Benj. Douglas, Wm. G. Hackstaff, W. P. Vinal, M. H. Griffin, C. C. Hubbard, and Rev. Jeremiah Taylor.

Resolutions passed at the meeting are published elsewhere. The paper for enrollment of volunteers was presented, and several placed their names upon it. This called forth some short and pithy speeches, which were exactly to the point, and were received with loud cheers.

The Glee club, consisting of Messrs. Harriman, Beeman and Sargeant, favored the audience with several national airs.

Never will the meeting on Friday evening be forgotten. It will become historical. It was a glorious demonstration for the Union and for the Government. Letters were read from Hon. A. B. Calef who was out of town, and from Mayor Russell, who could not be present on account of infirm health.

[We are indebted to A. PUTNAM, Esq., for a full report of the proceedings, and regret that our limits do not permit us to publish it. Mr. Putnam was among the most prominent of our citizens in having the meeting called, and is among the most active and determined in support of the Government.]

On Saturday, about 10 o’clock, a large and handsome flag was raised by the students from the cupola of the Berkley Divinity School building, the residence of Bishop Williams, on Main street. In the afternoon a large body of the citizens and students of the Wesleyan University, accompanied by martial music, marched to the Divinity School. Hearty cheers were given for the American flag, and enthusiastic speeches were made by Mr. Seymour and Prof. Fuller, on behalf of the Berkley School, and Rev. Mr. Woodruff and D. G. Sargeant on behalf of the citizens and students. The procession then marched through the different streets to the Wesleyan University, whose students to a man are hearty supporters of the Government. President Cummings readily responded to the call of his fellow citizens, and made a splendid speech. Rev. Mr. Dudley was also called upon. The occasion was a grand one for the college. We understand that 34 students have expressed their willingness to join as volunteers.

For once our citizens have seen what is a


The fore part of the day was pretty quiet. A little after ten o’clock, a large crowd of citizens assembled in front of the Farmers and Mechanics Hotel, and gave cheer after cheer for the flag which had been raised that morning by the proprietor, Capt. John Dickenson. A little after noon, Mr. Fagan, the Collector, at the request of several citizens, raised the stars and stripes above the Custom House.—This was the signal for a general outburst of enthusiasm. Little knots of men had gathered here and there in the forenoon, but as the day advanced the crowd grew thicker and thicker, and several hundreds were in Main street when the flag was raised from the Custom House. Cheers were given, and the “Star Spangled Banner,” and other national airs were played by the Griffin band. A procession was formed, and immediately proceeded up Court street to the Episcopal Church where a flag had been displayed, to which it paid due honors. In the course of the afternoon it visited Portland. The Irish population of this city and Portland participated in the enthusiasm, and joined heartily in the demonstration. Such a Sunday has never before been seen in this section.

Hon. Benj. Douglas was visited by the procession of citizens, and made quite a patriotic speech.

A flag, made by the teachers of the High School, was flung to the breeze from the cupola of that institution, during the day.

On Monday the city was full of excitement. Business was laid aside, and people have made up their minds to discover first whether the Government is to be maintained or anarchy is to reign over the country. Property will be of very little use unless there is a strong Government to protect it. Nothing of special interest took place in the forenoon. In the afternoon the volunteers were out on parade and attracted a good deal of attention. They are a fine body of young men, and will prove true to the trust which is committed to them.

The Messrs. Hubbard Bros., raised a flag on their establishment which was saluted by the citizens. This office also acknowledges a salute from them.

The Hook & Ladder company raised a flag on Sunday over their house.

Irish Volunteers

The Irish population of this city and vicinity are unanimous in their wish and determination to support the Government. In spite of the prophecies of many to the contrary, we have not heard of a single Irishman who has shown a disposition to prove false to the stars and stripes. They have shown a great readiness to volunteer, and several are enrolled in the company which has just been formed. In addition to this, there is a prospect that a large company will be formed composed mostly of Irish volunteers. M. H. Griffin, Esq., guaranteed to furnish eighty men if wanted from among his countrymen, and said that “every one of them would be as large as himself,” which would make a substantial body of men.

Ex-Members Mansfield Guard

The ex-members of the Mansfield Guard, and other military men, under the command of Gen. Starr, will escort the Middletown volunteers to New Haven to-morrow at 11 o’clock. They are requested to meet this evening at the McDonough House. Their uniform will be black coat and pants, white body belt and glazed cap.

The Artillery company have also volunteered their services as escort.

Twenty-two members of the Pacific Fire Engine Company have enlisted among the volunteers. The fire companies will escort the companies to-morrow.

Mr. S. H. Lancey, City Missionary, has enlisted, and stands ready now to fight for his country or perform any other good work. On Monday, Bundy & Williams took a fine picture of the volunteer members of the Fire company, with Mr. Lancey standing in the centre holding a prayer book.

Inspector General Mansfield,

U. S. Army, left this city on Friday under orders from Washington. It was reported this morning that he was at the National Capital.


South Farms, April 22, 1861

To-day a Union flag was hoisted over the building of the Russell Man’fg Co., amid the cheering of the employees of the company.  H. G. Hubbard, Esq., President of the company, made a brief and patriotic speech remarking that the spirit of ’76 ought to animate all classes ; that the government be sustained, and the Flag of our Union be respected by every citizen.

The Ladies at Work

The ladies have been busy for the last two or three days in making up uniforms for the volunteers, in preparing bandages, lint, and other things necessary.—They are doing their part, and stand ready by the encouragement which they can give and by the labor of their hands to do service in the good cause.

A Liberal Act

A. M. Colegrove has given the whole stock of underclothing in his store for the use of the volunteers from this city. It is a generous act, and will not be forgotten by the people of Middletown.

The Right Spirit

The following liberal offers and donations to the good cause, show that our citizens and the ladies of Middletown have the right spirit, and that they will bear their part of the burden.

Mrs. Williams and ladies of the Episcopal Church will furnish shirts, undershirts and stockings to the volunteers.

Dr. Baker offers his services to all sick families, night or day, free of charge, where those on whom they have depended are absent in the service of their country.

Bundy & Williams offer to furnish photographs to volunteers.

A. Putnam offers to furnish daily papers free of charge, to all families of volunteers during their entire absence.

F. A. Hart offers suspenders from his factory.


These leaden missils are now being prepared. It is intended to present the volunteer company with about eight thousand—or a hundred apiece.