"Monday, May 27th
Martial law is proclaimed and the Mayor's authority is suspended by a "Provost Marshall." Intense excitement prevails at this high handed outrage & there are numbers who were formerly Union Men now denouncing these proceedings as unauthorized and unwarrantable assumptions of power; and furthermore they proclaim their oppostion to this unconstitutional party & promise hereafter a strict adherence to the Southern Confederacy. The Alexandria Gazette, having refused to publish the proclamation announcing this high handed measure, the office was seized by the military and the proclamation printed therein by printers belonging to the Michigan rabble in our midst. The Sentinel Office (Virginia Sentinel) in the meantime had been seized, searched and the types shamefully abused.
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