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ea, he was to be punished by death. Colonial Laws of Massachusetts, edition of 1672, pp 60-61. Indeed, the distinctionch in almost all things else copied the Constitution of Massachusetts of 1783) clauses enacting that every officer of the Stans show their English tone. They found no imitation in Massachusetts save in Marblehead, a purely English settlement, where e, being on the frontier and in the direct line between Massachusetts and Canada, were the scene of many a conflict in the FrMerrimack River, the second great manufacturing town in Massachusetts, Waltham on the Charles being the first. This town, aftion of 1820, by a new section, made cities possible in Massachusetts, fixing the limit of population at which any town could Seth Ames, afterwards Justice of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, kindly permitted me to read Virgil in his office. He the Hon. Caleb Cushing, then a member of Congress from Massachusetts, to give me an appointment at West Point, a thing of wh
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 2: early political action and military training. (search)
was not a graduate of Harvard. A class of Massachusetts people believe that a course at that collemers in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. No better body of citizens, no purer peoquaintance with the Free-Soil coalition in Massachusetts he learned enough of the great principles rried it out, and seized the government of Massachusetts. This should have been an offence againstork in the manufacturing establishments of Massachusetts; this law was vigorously enforced until a n its justice. At that time the laws of Massachusetts contained no provision which made the town of age was one of the foremost lawyers of Massachusetts, if riot the foremost one,--made what he dhat true citizenship which the soldiers of Massachusetts, many of whom could not read and write, fotholic religion and the Catholic clergy of Massachusetts. They passed the most vindictive laws forcitizen soldiery, known by the name of the Massachusetts volunteer militia, were organized and arme[10 more...]
ine, as a free State, was to be taken from Massachusetts, and Missouri, as a slave State, from the land, and led by William Lloyd Garrison of Massachusetts. It spread rapidly over the whole country organization duly incorporated in the State of Massachusetts, sent into that Territory great numberenate I had occasion, in behalf of the State of Massachusetts, to converse with him upon the question whether Massachusetts should be paid the interest on the war expenses incurred by her in 1812, whoops were wanted by the United States, and Massachusetts was called upon by the President to furnisnd marched them. And the Supreme Court of Massachusetts sustained the governor,--a decision which arty put in nomination their candidates in Massachusetts, and I accepted the candidature for the ofnit against you. I can answer at least for Massachusetts; she is good for ten thousand men to march at once against armed secession. Massachusetts is not such a fool. If your State has tell tho[6 more...]
Washington; and that it seemed to me that Massachusetts should be prepared to meet such a crisis, ed a book in 1869, entitled The history of Massachusetts in the civil War, in which he relates witht I took part in all that was done to have Massachusetts ready for the war, and Schouler did all heacquainted with the financial condition of Massachusetts in regard to its appropriations, and I kneed in affairs with which he is to deal? Massachusetts State House, Beacon Hill (Boston). I se and Perryville. I am General Butler, of Massachusetts, and my troops here are Massachusetts men,ounty first to man her; it was reserved to Massachusetts to have the honor to retain her for the seassume that any of the citizen soldiery of Massachusetts or New York could, under any circumstancesbe justified to the Christian community of Massachusetts? Would such a course be consonant with thstaff officers, that I had no right to use Massachusetts troops, which I was ordered to take direct[15 more...]
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 5: Baltimore and Fortress Monroe. (search)
ttern for the mob to kill my soldiers with, and who made them after that pattern so that the rebels might say when they had the head of one of my townsmen on a pike, We have made you take your own medicine, for John Brown's pikes were made in Massachusetts. I agree that I had not reported to you, and my apology is that there I had not a moment to spare, and I retired after forty hours sleeplessness to get a little rest, only to be wakened to get this insulting despatch. What was the use of stant adjutant-general, and I will transcribe some paragraphs because the instructions may be of use hereafter as models:-- Besides the present garrison of Fortress Monroe, consisting of such companies of regular artillery, portions of two Massachusetts regiments of volunteers, and a regiment of Vermont volunteers, nine additional regiments of volunteers from New York may soon be expected there. Only a small portion, if any, of these can be conveniently quartered or encamped in the fort, th
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 6: contraband of War, Big Bethel and Hatteras. (search)
ht or early dawn attack, where there will be little marksman duty to perform. Most of the work will be done with the bayonet, and they are already handy with the old ones. There was a small negro church called Little Bethel which stood in advance of Great Bethel a short distance. That was in no way fortified, and sheltered a few men. I could not go with the command myself and it was not proper that I should; but I selected as commander my officer next in rank, General Pierce, of Massachusetts. I very much wished to devolve the command on Colonel Phelps as certainly the more competent officer, but there were unfortunately one or two colonels outranking him that were no more qualified than General Pierce, and I did not like to do these officers an apparent injustice. Besides I did not deem the enterprise at all difficult. Newport News was nearer Bethel, and my proposition was that the regiment there should start later than the two regiments from Camp Hamilton, and that at
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 7: recruiting in New England. (search)
id to him that I wanted two regiments from Massachusetts because I was quite sure I could not get a that of his own general. I returned to Massachusetts and saw Governor Andrew once more. He sai It was difficult to get many soldiers. Massachusetts was very far behind in her quota, and she rformances of her administrative officers, Massachusetts had the disgrace of a draft, intensified baw of Congress, was carried into effect in Massachusetts in the months of June and July, 1863, and anks,--than to have had these disgraces of Massachusetts, which otherwise might have been the foremping very much. But, feeling certain that Massachusetts would in any event pay State aid to all thid by the Commonwealth to them as to other Massachusetts soldiers; and all soldiers enlisting in yoeanwhile Governor Andrew, aided by the two Massachusetts senators, Sumner and Wilson, was doing evefilled up not only one or two regiments in Massachusetts, but eight or ten. No Copperhead would ha[5 more...]
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 8: from Hatteras to New Orleans. (search)
the ship. I asked Glisson whether he could take on board the Mt. Vernon a portion of my troops. He said he did not know how many he could carry, but would try to take on as many as three hundred men. I had the Western Bay State Regiment of Massachusetts and the Fifteenth Maine Regiment commanded by Col. Neal Dow. In order to deal fairly with everybody, I took as many lucifers as there were companies and cut the heads off of some. Then I allowed first an officer of one Maine company to drawnton that provisions must be sent. These came in due time; otherwise a starving army would have landed in a starving captured city. Again: I hoped to have been at the island two months earlier. I had brought with me more than one hundred Massachusetts mechanics to build boats with which to get through the bayous, lagoons, and morasses in the rear of Fort Jackson or St. Philip, as the case might be, and to construct scaling ladders with which to assault the parapets, rafts on which field ar
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 9: taking command of a Southern City. (search)
d one said: Jack, have you heard the news? No, Tom, what is it? Got the yellow fever prime down in Frenchtown; two Yanks dead already. It will sweep them all off. No surgeon in my army ever saw a case of yellow fever or had any instruction in meeting this hideous foe. A panic seized many of my officers. There were still other reasons for them to pine for home. New troops were being raised, and as the Army of the Gulf had acquired some reputation, the governors of all States, save Massachusetts, were glad to get officers from my army to promote into these new regiments. So, if they could but get home, they would find safety, promotion, and happiness. They were becoming downcast, and I feared the effect of this very despondency in increasing the liability to the disease. I asked one old New Orleans physician if there were any means of keeping the fever away from the city. He told me there was none. I asked him if there were no means of preventing its spreading over the ci
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 10: the woman order, Mumford's execution, etc. (search)
more upon the subject, except as a passing reflection, until about the year 1869, the date not recollected, when I received a letter from a lady in Malden, Massachusetts. She wrote me in very dignified and proper terms that she was somehow interested in Mrs. Mumford, who was then in the greatest distress. Mrs. Mumford had written to her that at the time of the execution of her husband I had told her that if ever I could soften her troubles I would be glad to help her, and she asked her Massachusetts friend to send to me to ascertain if I would see her. I immediately answered I would see Mrs. Mumford any time at my office in Washington. A few days later her card came to me and she was shown in. She had aged somewhat. I told her that I had received a letter from her friend and asked the purpose of her visit. She then told me that a very considerable amount of money had been subscribed for her, but being in Confederate money it did not amount to much. At last it was entrusted to
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