Statistics for occurrence #1 of “commonwealth of Massachusetts” in chapter 37 of Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8.:

... of their own State, whose soil they had defended; but this privilege which the authorities of their State denied them, was granted them by the sagacious, patriotic, and noble Governor of the ancient commonwealth of Massachusetts . But there has been progress; and since then numbers of the Black Brigade have entered the service in their own State. There can now, therefore, be no objection to preserving in the archives ...
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