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In Pennsylvania, a large public meeting in Pittsburgh resolves to block transfers of cannon to the South

Pittsburgh City Hall, circa 1870
Excitement had been running high in Pittsburgh for several days after rumors of War Department orders that transferred heavy ordinance from the local Alleghany Arsenal to southern or south-western states.  Local citizens had threatened to prevent any such movement and in the evening of this day a large public meeting was held.  General William Robinson was in the chair and resolutions were passed supporting the Union and calling on President Buchanan to purge from his Cabinet all men, like Secretary of War John Floyd, who were no longer loyal.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Diary of Events," in Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc.(New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 7.