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to place the large hall in Liberty-tree Block at the disposal of the Executive, as a place of deposit for articles for the soldiers. The battle of Ball's Bluff was fought Oct. 21. The Fifteenth and Twentieth Massachusetts Regiments were engaged in it. They behaved with great gallantry, and suffered severely, especially the Twentieth. On the 25th, Lieutenant-Colonel Palfrey telegraphed, Colonel Lee, Major Revere, Adjutant Peirson, Dr. Revere, and Lieutenant Perry, prisoners; Lieutenants Babo and Wesselhoeft, probably drowned; Lieutenant S. W. Putnam, killed; Captains Dreher, Schmitt, Putnam, Lieutenants Lowell and Holmes, wounded,—not fatally. All other officers safe, including myself. Captains Dreher and Schmitt, badly wounded,—probably not fatally. Captain Putnam's right arm gone,—doing well. Lowell and Holmes doing very well. This disastrous battle carried grief into many of our Massachusetts families, and depressed the buoyant and patriotic spirit of our people for a t<