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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1828. (search)
ef sections of the report of the committee which summed up the action of the Conference; and the State of New York was spared the mortification of assenting to overtures which weakened the position of the North, while they failed to propitiate the Southern conspirators. For the time was now at hand when the action of deliberative bodies was to be of no account, and the safety of the nation to depend upon military measures alone. Fort Sumter was attacked and captured. The soldiers of Massachusetts were assaulted in the streets of Baltimore. The railroad communication with the capital was interrupted, and the supplies for the troops there were nearly cut off. In respect to this latter danger, the clear, practical mind of Wadsworth seized at once the difficulties of the situation, and devised the remedy. With great promptness and energy, he caused two vessels to be loaded at New York, on his own account, with provisions for the army, and accompanied them to Annapolis, attending pe
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1833 (search)
a successor was nominated by President Lincoln. Immediately after the firing upon Fort Sumter, and the attack by a lawless mob in Baltimore upon the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment, he responded to an appeal made to the patriotic citizens of Massachusetts by the following notice, which appeared in the Boston papers of Saturday, April 20, 1861. fellow-citizens,— I have been assured by the Executive Department that the State will accept at once an additional regiment of infantry. I th On the afternoon of the 23d of July, the regiment left Fort Warren for the seat of war. They were received with enthusiastic welcome on their arrival at New York the next day. The officers were entertained at the Astor House by the sons of Massachusetts resident in New York. With a few stoppages, the regiment arrived at Baltimore about noon on Friday, July 26th, and were cordially received. Colonel Webster and his command proceeded to Harper's Ferry, where they arrived on Saturday, July 27
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1841. (search)
ear the Gulf Stream, and it was thought that this disaster might have proceeded from one end of the gale which had sunk the other vessel. It is the impression of some of his most intimate friends, that, if he could have chosen, he would not have regretted his sudden departure in such a way; for he could feel that he was dying with the well and strong, and not in his character of invalid, which, as he himself said, he particularly detested. For the last month that he had remained in Massachusetts, while growing weaker all the time, he had retained all his interest in his regiment. He expressed peculiar pleasure in recalling his intercourse with the men; saying that he felt sure he had been useful to many of them, and that only the pleasantest relation had existed between them and him. Great as was his disappointment, he certainly never regretted his participation in the war. He said once that it was a great satisfaction to him to think that if he had stayed at home he should hav
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1842. (search)
in war time. I have new love for my country and new confidence in our rulers. In November he was elected to the State Legislature, as a Conservative Republican. There he was an active member of the Committee on Finance,— no easy post in Massachusetts in war time. The session lasted until April 30th, 1862; and his services were thus mentioned, in a letter written after his death, by Honorable A. H. Bullock, then Speaker of the House, and now Governor: In the session of 1862 I became warml, he said, The Thirty-eighth is doing finely. This to his staff; and subsequently in the drill, when we were the only regiment which went through an important movement all right, in a tone to be heard all over the field, Very well done, that Massachusetts regiment on the left. These are little things, to be sure, but they are gratifying to officers and men. One great thing we have gained, and that is in the gratification experienced by the men, who have their regimental pride stimulated i
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1843. (search)
o their judgment. Over one hundred officers and soldiers were proposed for initiation. Authority had been received by the chaplain from the Grand Division of Massachusetts to organize this Division, which is to embrace not only soldiers of this regiment, but Massachusetts men connected with other regiments at or near Camp HamiltoMassachusetts men connected with other regiments at or near Camp Hamilton, or with the naval vessels lying off the fortress. He formed also an Army Christian Association, and a Soldiers' Teachers' Association,—thus transplanting the church and school-house of New England to the soil of Virginia. Then, by freely setting forth at home the demands of the regiment, he provided a chapel-tent,—the firsey therefore think the petitioner entitled to the relief for which she prays, and accordingly report a bill. The body of the slain soldier was sent home to Massachusetts, as soon as the incidents of war permitted. A private funeral took place at the house of his brother, and a public one at the First Church on Chauncey Street,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1848. (search)
nd also Dispensary Physician. But the spirit of adventure was still strong in him, and at the outbreak of the war he was one of the first to volunteer for the post of regimental Surgeon, and was the first man commissioned in that capacity in Massachusetts. His regiment was the Second (Infantry), Colonel Gordon; he was commissioned May 28, 1861, and remained with the regiment in Virginia, in the faithful discharge of rather monotonous duty, until October 9, 1861, when he resigned, in order to wo months before his death. The precise circumstances of his death have been variously stated; and the following account, derived from officers of the regiment, varies in some degree from that given in the Report of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts. The hurried and broken character of cavalry engagements often renders it difficult to secure accuracy of detail in their narration. It appears that soon after the successful raid on Stony Creek Station, Virginia, as the division to which t
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1849. (search)
me to be on foot once more. Give my very best thanks for the presents you have sent me to the kind ladies who wrought them. Tell them that these evidences of kindness are intensely felt by those who receive them in the far West. You in Massachusetts, who see your men going off thoroughly equipped and prepared for the service, can hardly conceive the destitution and ragged condition of the Missouri volunteers in past time. If I had a whole pair of breeches in my regiment at Lexington, I h his name, and below it the couplet:— A braver man ne'er died upon the field; A warmer heart never to death did yield. His body was afterwards carried to Boston, where the funeral arrangements were taken in charge by the Governor of Massachusetts, May 16, 1862. It was conveyed thence to Springfield, where, on the following day, in presence of a great concourse of people, it was laid beside the remains of his mother, in the beautiful cemetery which his father had designed and planned.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1852. (search)
grossed by the duties of the office of Quartermaster-General of Massachusetts, to which he had been appointed. The possibility of deserting Governor Andrew an appointment as Assistant Adjutant-General of Massachusetts, for the purpose of getting the rank necessary to qualify him f with gratitude the memory of Captain William Sturgis Hooper of Massachusetts. He entered the service of the government in 1862 as a volunteitary services to the Chief Magistrate and Commander-inchief of Massachusetts; and immediately entered as a pupil in the Military Club of Mon ones at home. The remains of Colonel Revere were removed to Massachusetts and interred at Mount Auburn, amidst the verdant beauties of thng, after this accursed Rebellion is put down, to return to old Massachusetts; and, a better and more energetic man, to make my way, so that ngland style, and the weather is as genuine an importation from Massachusetts as is our regiment. . . . . My tramp to-night is to visit my pi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1853. (search)
ment:— Washington city, April 28, 1861. To Messrs. Wilder Dwight and George L. Andrews. The plan which you communicated for raising a regiment in Massachusetts for service during the war meets my approval. Such a regiment shall be immediately enlisted in the service of the government, as one of those which are to beforgotten by them, may have met with no worse fate than to be held a prisoner of war. Chaplain Quint of the Second wrote at this time: Our hopes that Massachusetts will be proud of the late history of the Second Regiment are clouded by the anxiety felt by every man as to the Major's fate. . . . . You will know how nobly hunder desperate circumstances, has crippled us sadly, as you must have heard only too well. . . . . Our five brave, honorable, beloved dead are on their way to Massachusetts. She has no spot on her soil too sacred for them, no page in her history that their names will not brighten. The regiment looks well, but oh, so gloomy! . .
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1854. (search)
m to break up their meeting, but was at the same time a proof the more how free speech is in Massachusetts. Fancy a parcel of Union-savers breaking up a fanatical Southern-rights meeting in New Orled a severe fight day before yesterday; then mentions some casualties among officers known in Massachusetts; and after a brief statement of the general results of the battle, closes without one syllabof horse, to be commanded by Captain Lowell, had engaged the attention of the authorities of Massachusetts. In August he writes: As to a regiment, I have given up all idea of it very willingly. . . winter, the first regiment of negroes raised in the North was projected by the government of Massachusetts. Colonel Lowell was strongly interested in the success of this movement, and he aided it witne as he is brave. His action was approved by the United States authorities and by those of Massachusetts, and it exerted a wholesome influence throughout the service. In May he left Boston with
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