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of red tape in the world. We have now enough additional men to furnish you with six more regiments to serve for the war, unless sooner discharged. See the whole letter in Schouler, I, 130. This meant a three years enlistment,—a term which covered all the time that any one then deemed necessary. Captain Richardson of Cambridge, however, in recruiting his pioneer company, had named five years as the term of enlistment,—a piece of foresight then almost unexampled. See, ante, p. 9. On May 3, 1861, the President called for thirty-nine regiments of infantry and one of cavalry, to serve for three years or during the war; but it was not until May 19 that the quota of Massachusetts was assigned. Companies were meanwhile organized and drilled, and paraded the streets; the governor telegraphed again and again for orders to enlist them in regiments; for more than a fortnight no reply came from Washington. At last on May 22 a letter was received from Secretary S. Cameron (dated May 15),