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any was gathered expressly for the war for the Union and not for militia service within the State; and if it called itself in the enlistment roll a militia company, it was because there was as yet no other way of getting into the service. It was certainly an added merit, if it enlisted actually in advance of any public national call. IV. the three months regiments. The first call made on Massachusetts for troops was by a telegraphic despatch from Senator Wilson, dated at Washington, April 15, requesting twenty companies to be sent to Washington and there mustered into service. During that day similar despatches were received by telegraph from the Secretary of War and the Adjutant-General, with formal requisitions for two militia regiments. Four regiments were accordingly called out, that, if necessary, strong companies might be detached from the weaker regiments, and so the maximum might be obtained. Schouler, I, 50. Orders were accordingly issued to Colonel Jones of the