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the bill to increase the militia was further debated, and a substitute for the whole bill, offered by Mr. Banfield, of West Roxbury, was adopted, and passed to a third reading by a vote of 116 to 40. This bill, however, did not become a law. Jan. 30. In Senate.—On motion of Mr. Hardy, of Norfolk, the bill in relation to loaning the State credit to the United States, which was rejected yesterday, was reconsidered; and he offered a new proposition, as follows:— That the Treasurer and Reristol, moved to amend the bill so that it would take effect immediately upon its passage. The amendment was carried, and the bill was passed to a third reading. On motion of Mr. Schouler, of Middlesex, the bill was ordered to be printed. Jan. 30. In the House.—The Senate Militia Bill came up in order. Mr. Durfee, of New Bedford, moved to strike out all after the enacting clause, and to substitute a bill of his own. The subject was then laid on the table, and the bill and amendment orde<
on the Militia was requested to consider the expediency of requiring the State Treasurer, or some suitable person, to act as allotment commissioner for such sums as the soldiers in the field may allot of their pay for themselves or families. Jan. 30. In the House.—A message was received from the Governor, calling the attention of the Legislature to the illegal enlistment of men in Massachusetts by persons coming from other States. Laid on the table, and ordered to be printed. Jan. 31. I while organizing your regiment. I have heard but one expression of sentiment with regard to the affair; and that has been of very cordial sympathy with you, under the infliction of so wanton, unprovoked, and unmerited an attack. On the 30th of January, the Governor was suddenly called to Washington, and was absent about ten days. It was while in Washington at this time that the troops raised by General Butler in Massachusetts were placed in the charge of the Governor, and the irregular an
econd day of February, a letter was written by Mr. George Winslow, of Boston, to the Governor, in which he informs him that the pirate Alabama was reported, Jan. 24, two hundred miles east of Hatteras, steering north; while the Vanderbilt sailed Jan. 30, the same day that the above news reached New York: so the Vanderbilt may have gone to the Gulf. Semmes was reported as having an intention of coming into Massachusetts Bay. Suppose he makes such an impudent dash now, and comes into Provincetowment Massachusetts Infantry, as the colonel; a gentleman of education, a brave officer, and connected, by blood and marriage, with the oldest and most respectable families in the State. Before communicating his purpose to Captain Shaw, he wrote Jan. 30 to Francis G. Shaw, Esq., Staten Island, N. Y., father of the captain, to obtain his consent. After stating fully his purpose to have the colored regiments officered by the best men, he said, My mind is drawn toward Captain Shaw by many conside
an, of the Nineteenth Corps. On the 15th of January, by orders from headquarters Defences of New Orleans, two companies were detached, and ordered to report to Major Houston, chief engineer of the Department of the Gulf. Ordered to Camp Parapet, under command of Captain Leonard, who was ordered to lay out and build a bastioned redoubt, to form a portion of the Defences of New Orleans. Under the immediate direction of Lieutenant Long, of the United States Engineer Corps, this work began Jan. 30, employing large numbers of contrabands, and continued during the whole term of their detached service. Captain Leonard was ordered to organize, from among the contrabands then at work, a regiment of engineers, to be known as the First Louisiana Engineers. The regiment consisted of twelve companies, of one hundred men each, and was commanded by Colonel Justin Hodge, U. S. A. It was ordered to Port Hudson, where it took an important part in the subsequent siege of that place. On the 24
st, by the supply of certain articles not allowed by the United-States army regulations. The result proved that this Sunday was a much more proper day than any day of the week following would have been for instituting inquiries affecting the comfort, and possibly the lives, of Massachusetts soldiers. I would respectfully ask the insertion of this letter in your paper, confident that no other explanation can be needed, at least by the friends of the soldiers in Camp Meigs. On the 30th of January, the Governor wrote to the President of the United States,— I desire permission earnestly to recommend to you that Brigadier-General George L. Andrews, commanding the Corps d'afrique in Louisiana, be promoted to the rank of major-general. The command is so extensive and important, and General Andrews has been so identified with the undertaking of organizing colored troops in the Department of the Gulf, that it seems to me every way most desirable and important that he should have t