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Thomas, John Lewis, Jr. (1835-1893) to Thomas Holliday Hicks

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00451.01 Author/Creator: Thomas, John Lewis, Jr. (1835-1893) Place Written: Baltimore, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 May 1861 Pagination: 8 p. ; 23.3 x 14 cm.

Thomas, Baltimore city solicitor, relates events that took place during the 19 April 1861 Baltimore Riot to Maryland Governor Hicks. States that General Charles Calvert Egerton falsely informed a mob that Hicks had issued orders that Union troops could not pass through Baltimore and that those soldiers already present should "be driven back by the people." Informs Hicks that upon hearing Egerton's statement, Thomas rushed to the office of Baltimore Mayor George M. Brown. Claims that Brown, who feared invasion from the North, ordered that "all the rail road tracks leading to the city should be torn of- and the bridges burned-"

Thomas Holliday Hicks served as Senator from Maryland 1862-1865.

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