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n) left the State July 8 for the front; the 7th left for Washington July 11; the 9th and 11th on June 24 and the 10th on June 25,—all for Washington. All these were three years regiments; and when, on June 17, the consent of the government was obtained for raising ten more regiments, they were organized with the same energy which had already given Massachusetts an unquestioned superiority in promptness of organization at the outbreak of the war. Viii. The early major-generals. On May 16, 1861, before any battle had taken place, the United States government began its appointment of major-generals of volunteers; and as all three of the appointments of that date were from civil life, The next one was that of Gen. David Hunter (August 13), and the next that of Gen. E. A. Hitchcock (Feb. 10, 1862), both these being West Point graduates. and as two of these were from Massachusetts, the seniority thus established had an important and not always a favorable bearing on the position