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mmittee on that subject. Jan. 19. In Senate.—Mr. Northend introduced a series of resolutions, to the effect that the Constitution of the United States was the supreme law of the land; that the recent acts of South Carolina are revolutionary and treasonable; and that this Government must be maintained at all hazards. Referred to the Committee on Federal Relations. The same day, a long debate took place in the House, on a bill to increase the militia, but without coming to a vote. Jan. 21. In Senate.—Mr. Walker, of Worcester, introduced a resolution to inquire whether there were parties in this Commonwealth making arms or ammunition, to be sold to the agents of States now or likely to be in rebellion, with power to send for persons and papers. Adopted. Same day, a debate occurred in the House on the Militia Bill; but, without taking a vote, the bill was recommitted. Jan. 23. In Senate.—Mr. Schouler, of Middlesex, offered an order, which was adopted, directing the Adj<
rtable. The Governor also frequently visited the Massachusetts regiments, and made himself personally acquainted with their condition. During the year 1862, which was one of much disaster and suffering, the Adjutant-General, Colonel Ritchie, Colonel John Q. Adams, and Dr. Bowditch, were sent to the front and visited our men, and reported to the Governor all matters of interest in relation to them. An abstract of these reports we now present. The Adjutant-General left Boston on the 21st of January. He remained in New York one day, and visited the Twenty-eighth Regiment, which was in the old fort on Governor's Island, New-York Harbor. The cold and gloomy casemates, in which they were quartered, and the badly provided commissariat, caused much suffering and discontent among the men. He hurried on to Washington that night, and the next morning, accompanied by Senator Wilson, called at the War Department, and had an interview with Adjutant-General Thomas, and acquainted him with th
rs the shot and shell flew thick and fast around the regiment; and twice were its colors pierced by fragments of shell before the enemy's guns were silenced. During the return to Newbern, the regiment acted as the rearguard, and reached its camp. Dec. 21, having marched about one hundred and eighty miles, and having ten men wounded, General Foster issued an order, directing the regiment to inscribe on its banners the names of the battles of Kinston, Whitehall, and Goldsborough. After Jan. 21, the regiment was employed upon fortifications, upon the completion of which General Foster designated the work as Fort Pierson, in compliment to the colonel of the Fifth; and further time, until the 13th of March, was occupied in brigade, regimental, and company drills. On the 4th of April, the regiment, with other troops, embarked on transports for Washington, N. C., for the relief of General Foster and the garrison of that place. April 8.—The regiment joined an expedition to Washin
ment of his past services, and in honor of the regiment, the Governor appointed him to act on the occasion as one of his staff. On the 20th of January, the Governor addressed him this note:— I beg to express my thanks for your service as an officer of my staff for the special occasion of the reception of the Thirty-second Regiment, last Sunday, and also my regret that I did not find opportunity personally to express to you at Faneuil Hall my sense of your co-operation. On the 21st of January, the Governor telegraphed to Secretary Stanton,— Will you authorize me to arrange with General Burnside to assign to his command an expedition of Massachusetts veteran organizations now being raised here? It will greatly promote their completion, and the General will come here personally to assist. The authority asked for was not given; but these regiments, as soon as completed, were forwarded to the Army of the Potomac, and afterwards went with Grant and Meade in their advan
men were left in camp at Readville, after the battalion had been completed to the maximum. Governor Andrew was anxious to have these men accepted by the Secretary of War, and organized into companies. The Governor's military secretary, Colonel Browne, who was in Washington, was requested by the Governor to call upon Secretary Stanton, and obtain from him permission to have the men accepted. He called upon the Secretary with Senator Wilson; and it appears, from his letter to the Governor, Jan. 21, that the Secretary not only refused to accept them, but received the proposition with a degree of rudeness altogether unexpected and uncalled for. Colonel Browne's letter gives a detailed account of the interview, which, though interesting, we refrain from quoting. On the 24th of January, the Governor wrote to Colonel Browne, acknowledging the receipt of his letter, and commented at considerable length upon the extraordinary character of the language reported by you that was used by Mr