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l ultimately come, but thinks that a delay has been gained which will carry us over the 4th of March in safety. Mr. Adams and Mr. Seward, with both of whom I have had long conversations, agree with Mr. Sumner fully as to any danger of an immediate attack. Mr. Seward thinks all danger is past. Mr. Sumner thinks Mr. Seward has never been aware of the real peril; and is evidently of the opinion that the crisis is only postponed. Mr. Adams thinks there will be no need of troops before the 6th of March, but thinks we shall have to fight after that date. Mr. Sumner thinks Congress would be now sitting in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, but for General Scott's action. Mr. Seward seems to think this concentration of troops has been unnecessary. General Wilson appears to be of the opinion that Massachusetts and New York will have to furnish money, but doubts if they will be called upon for any troops. Mr. Seward urged me to write to you, and beg you to secure the passage of the resol
joint resolution in honor of the deceased, which was passed unanimously. March 5. In the House.—A message was received from the Governor concerning three rebel flags, which had been captured by the Massachusetts regiments in the battle at Roanoke Island, N. C. A resolution was adopted to have the flags placed in the House of Representatives during the remainder of the session. Patriotic speeches were made by Mr. Field, of Stockbridge, and by the Speaker of the House, Colonel Bullock. March 6. In the House.—The Senate bill granting State aid to the families of volunteers was discussed during the greater part of the day, and was passed to a third reading, yeas 100, nays 73. Nothing further of material interest to the volunteers, or in relation to the war, was considered during the session. The acts passed by the extra session the year before left little more to be done for the soldiers. The session continued until the 30th of May, when both Houses were prorogued, having p
4, it was attached to Colonel J. Jourdan's brigade, with which it remained during the remainder of its term of service. On the 26th, it moved to Camp Jourdan, near Fort Totten, one of the most important points in the defences of Newbern. On March 6, the regiment went with General Prince's division on an expedition into Jones and Onslow Counties, occupying five days, during which it was detailed with other troops twice for important detached service. On the 8th of April, it joined a colu0, 1863, after a stormy passage. It encamped at Carrollton, reporting to Brigadier-General Emory, and attached to the Third Brigade, Third Division; and was employed six weeks in improving the drill and discipline of the regiment. On the 6th of March, the Fifty-third was ordered to Baton Rouge, and, on the 12th, was sent on a reconnoissance up the river, where it encountered, and drove in, the enemy's pickets. On the 13th, it marched with the division in the expedition to Port Hudson; but