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army, stationed at Fortress Monroe, and Lieutenant Paine, of the regular army, stationed at Fort Schuyler, New York, both of whom were Massachusetts men, might be furloughed to accept colonelcies in Massachusetts volunteer regiments.
He also telegraphed to Senator Sumner, requesting him to urge Joseph Hooker, afterwards major-general of volunteers, then in Washington without a command, to accept the commission of colonel in one of our regiments.
Neither of these requests were granted.
June 24.—Lieutenant William P. Lee, assistant quartermaster-general, was directed to accompany the steamers Cambridge and Pembroke, to Fortress Monroe, as the agent of the Commonwealth, with authority to sell, charter, or make any disposition of the Pembroke as he should think best.
On the same day, the Governor wrote a long letter to General Butler, at Fortress Monroe, concerning the Massachusetts troops at that post, under his command; it having been represented to him by Colonel Ritchie, of h