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spond at once to the orders of the commander-in-chief, in order that they might be forthwith discharged, so that their places may be filled by men ready for any public emergency which may arise, whenever called upon. This once done, no discharge could be granted unless for cause satisfactory to the commander-in-chief. From the moment when this order was issued Massachusetts had begun to be placed on a war footing. The time for actual fighting, however, soon came. It is said that on April 12, 1861, the Senate of Ohio was in session and was vainly trying, amid suppressed excitement, to settle down to its ordinary routine. Suddenly a senator came hastily in from the lobby, and, catching the chairman's eye, exclaimed, Mr. President, the telegraph announces that the secessionists are bombarding Fort Sumter. There was a moment's hush, which was broken by a woman's shrill voice from the spectators' seats, crying Glory to God. It startled every one, says a spectator, almost as if the