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ur soldiers in the war; and the Governor was authorized to forward copies of the same to the different regiments. The resolve approved April 28, authorized the Governor to appoint three persons to be commissioners to inquire into the expediency of establishing a State military academy. An act passed March 3, provided for the payment, by the State, of the pay due to soldiers by the Federal Government, and for the encouragement of the allotment of pay by the soldiers. An act approved March 7, provided that each city and town shall keep a complete record of the soldiers belonging thereto in the United States service; the book to be furnished by the Adjutant-General. An act approved March 17, authorized the Governor to pay bounties, not to exceed fifty dollars each, to volunteers. The resolve approved March 30, appropriated twenty thousand dollars for the maintenance of agencies out of the Commonwealth, as the Governor may find needful, for the aid of sick and wounded or di
d miles, and marched more than four hundred miles over the swampy roads of North Carolina, most of it during the most inclement season. After it was mustered out of service, it assumed its place as part of the militia of Massachusetts. The Fourth Regiment was in the Department of the Gulf, and arrived in New Orleans Feb. 13, 1863. It was attached to the First Brigade, Third Division, commanded by Colonel Ingraham, Thirty-eighth Massachusetts Volunteers, and left for Baton Rouge, La., March 7. In the expedition against Port Hudson, this regiment bore a conspicuous part. After an absence of a week, it returned to the encampment at Baton Rouge. On the 3d of April, it again broke camp, and went down the Mississippi to Algiers, and thence to Brashear City, where it was ordered to remain with the Sixteenth New-Hampshire Volunteers, to guard the post which was the base of supplies for the army, while General Banks was marching through Teche country to Alexandria, at that time one
ery, commanded by Captain Edward J. Jones, left Readville Camp for Washington, Feb. 5. The Fourteenth Company of Light Artillery, under command of Captain Joseph W. B. Wright, left Readville Camp for Washington, April 4. The Sixteenth Company of Light Artillery, under command of Captain Henry D. Scott, left Readville Camp for Washington, April 19. These light batteries joined the Army of the Potomac. Four companies of heavy artillery were raised and forwarded to Fortress Monroe, March 7: one commanded by Captain John Pickering, one by Captain Lyman B. Whiton, and one by Captain Joseph M. Parsons, sailed from Gallop's Island, by transports, to Washington, June 23. Another company was raised by Captain Cornelius F. Driscoll, and was sent forward to Washington, by transport, on the 22d of September. These four companies were attached to the eight companies of heavy artillery which were raised in 1863, and forwarded to the front in May, 1864, to which reference has been made
tick to something, especially when it would incur no expense in so doing. We have no doubt that what was asked for by the Governor would have been granted, had not the Rebellion, in a few weeks after the letter was written, been suppressed. The following letter, although it has no special bearing upon the war, we cannot refrain from quoting, as it shows in a practical manner the catholic and liberal spirit which ever animated the mind and action of our truly great Governor. On the 7th of March, Governor Andrew wrote to Governor Smith, of Vermont,— I have already proposed Good Friday to the Executive Council, who do not consent to it, but favor Thursday, the day previous. If, however, you and others adopt Good Friday, perhaps they may be willing to change, in view that that day, on the whole, more convenient. It was objected to, as being a possibly improvident act, tending to create the suspicion of conceding a Puritan custom to fast on Thursday, in favor of a Catholic