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ons. If it be asked what circumstances enabled the State of Massachusetts to respond thus promptly in time of need, it must be attributed in part to the old revolutionary traditions of her people and in part also to the foresight of two successive governors; that of Governor Banks, in developing the regimental organization of the militia, before regarded merely as a series of detached companies; and that of Governor Andrew, in ordering first an accurate levy of the militia G. O. 4, Jan. 16, 1861. and then recommending (against disapproval and even derision) that the State should contract for overcoats, blankets, knapsacks and ball cartridges for two thousand troops. There were already in the armory of the State when the war broke out three thousand Springfield rifled muskets of the best pattern. Trivial as this provision now seems, it enabled Massachusetts to be first in the breach, and perhaps to save Washington. But the actual enlistment of soldiers was only one of the m