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vivid sense of the difference in this respect between an older State and a newer one will be found by simply comparing the published rosters and noting a single point. Every catalogue of Massachusetts soldiers designates the town where each one lived, while in corresponding catalogues of Western soldiers, as of those from Minnesota, for instance, not a town is mentioned, —every man belonged to the State only. It is perhaps the price that Massachusetts pays for that township system which Jefferson thought so powerful. If a Minnesota man wished to go to the war, he went; if it were among strangers, no matter; he had spent his life among strangers, or at least among recent acquaintances. Even in Minnesota it was easier to create new regiments than to fill up old ones. To fill the existing regiments required only individual enlistments; but they had ceased to be spontaneous, as they had been in the beginning, and it was much easier to raise a new regiment, with the aid of those who