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William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 3: Berkshire County. (search)
the laws, and suppressing the traitorous rebellion now existing in the Southern States. The meeting was largely attended by ladies and gentlemen of Great Barrington, and by a few persons from the adjoining towns. Joseph Tucker—who soon afterwards went out first lieutenant in the Forty-ninth Regiment Nine-months Volunteers, and who lost a leg in the service, and is now Lieutenant-Governor of the Commonwealth—was chosen temporary chairman. The meeting was opened with prayer by Rev. Horace Winslow. David Leavitt was made permanent chairman, and was assisted by several vice-presidents and secretaries. Hon. Increase Sumner presented and read a preamble and resolutions, which were unanimously adopted. The preamble set forth the fact of the Rebellion, one of the results of which has been the shedding of Massachusetts blood, thereby consecrating the 19th of April, 1861, with the immortal memories of April 19th, 1775. The first resolution sets forth: 1st, That the crisis demands the exert