umber of conclusions, as Shakespeare would call them, with the National Government during the war, but the most serious difficulty of this kind resulted from Secretary Stanton's arbitrary reduction of the pay of colored soldiers from thirteen to eight dollars a month.
This, of course, was a breach of contract, and Governor Andrew sponsibility in regard to it, so far as the Massachusetts regiments were concerned.
He first protested against it to the Secretary of War; but, strange to say, Stanton obtained a legal opinion in justification of his order from William Whiting, the solicitor of the War Department. Governor Andrew then appealed to President LincoSolicitor Whiting and notified President Lincoln that the Government would be liable to an action for damages.
The President accordingly referred this report to Stanton, who paid no attention whatever to it.
Meanwhile the Massachusetts Legislature had passed an act to make good the deficiency of five dollars a month to the Mas
the War Department and introduce him to Secretary Stanton.
They found Stanton fully alive to the Stanton fully alive to the occasion, and in reply to Mr. Stearns's offer he said:
I have heard of your recruiting bureau,ined without any appropriation by Congress, Mr. Stanton said they could be supplied from the Secretmidst of these festivities suddenly came Secretary Stanton's order reducing the pay of colored sold went with Major Stearns to Washington to see Stanton, and endeavored to persuade him to revoke thehour,--to the great disgust of the latter,but Stanton was as firm as Napoleon ever was. Major Stear Mr. R. P. Hallowell.
On September 1, Secretary Stanton transferred Major Stearns to Nashville, ruary, 1864, by the eccentric conduct of Secretary Stanton,--the reason for which has never been exn.
On the evening of the fourth day he met Mr. Stanton at an evening party and Stanton said to himStanton said to him in his roughest manner: Major Stearns, why are you not in Tennessee?
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