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d, in skirmish drill, was probably the most efficient in the State. Company K, Allen Guard, Pittsfield. Officers: Henry S. Briggs, of Pittsfield, captain; Henry H. Richardson and Robert Bache, botPittsfield, captain; Henry H. Richardson and Robert Bache, both of Pittsfield, lieutenants. This company was detached to complete the organization of the Eighth. It was ordered to join the regiment at Springfield, when on the way to Washington. The captain waPittsfield, lieutenants. This company was detached to complete the organization of the Eighth. It was ordered to join the regiment at Springfield, when on the way to Washington. The captain was a son of Ex-Governor Briggs. Before the company left Pittsfield, each soldier was presented by the citizens with ten dollars. On the 18th of April, the regiment marched to the State House, and wPittsfield, each soldier was presented by the citizens with ten dollars. On the 18th of April, the regiment marched to the State House, and was presented with a set of regimental colors by Governor Andrew, who also addressed it as follows:— Mr. Commander and soldiers,—Yesterday you were citizens: to-day you are heroes. Summoned by , which arrived in the harbor in the morning with the Seventh New-York Regiment. Company K, of Pittsfield, was sent by steamer to Fort McHenry, Baltimore Harbor, and did not join the regiment again fo
hed by Massachusetts, from the sixteenth day of April to the thirty-first day of December, 1861, in the aggregate was thirty thousand seven hundred and thirty-six officers and enlisted men. This is exclusive of six companies, raised in Newburyport, West Cambridge, Milford, Lawrence, Boston, and Cambridgeport, which went to New York in May, and joined what was called the Mozart Regiment, and Sickles's brigade; nor does it include two regiments which were recruited by Major-General Butler at Pittsfield and Lowell, and which were originally known as the Western Bay State and the Eastern Bay State Regiments, of which we shall speak in the next chapter; nor does it include three hundred men who were recruited in Massachusetts for a military organization at Fortress Monroe, known as the Union Coast Guard, and commanded by Colonel Wardrop, of the Third Regiment Massachusetts Militia, in the three months service. Including these enlistments, the total number of officers and soldiers, furnishe
Governor being engaged in the Council Chamber, the interview did not take place. It does not appear that the letter of the Governor of Oct. 5 changed in the least degree the determination of General Butler to enlist men. He opened a camp in Pittsfield, and another in Lowell, and commenced recruiting two regiments of infantry, —one designated the Western Bay-State Regiment, the other the Eastern Bay-State Regiment; also, a battery of light artillery, and three companies of cavalry. The oneneral Butler's command. Notwithstanding this, General Butler proceeded to recruit two new regiments of infantry, three new companies of cavalry, and one new company of artillery, in this State. He established a camp in Lowell, and another in Pittsfield. He promised persons commissions, which no one could issue but the Governor; he appointed recruiting officers, and enlisted men, and, in so doing, wholly ignored the act of Congress, and the orders and authority of the Governor. The Governor
r Topsfield, nineteen men. To A. Potter, Pittsfield,— The terrible pressure of business ufore. I inclose you the blanks you ask for. Pittsfield must furnish one hundred and two men. Why cafrom you again. July 9.—To Thomas Allen, Pittsfield,— Nothing can exceed the patriotic spirit of the people of Pittsfield. The town has already most nobly connected its name with the brightbelieve will not be necessary. The quota of Pittsfield is one hundred and two men,—just a company. nt, —a native of Berkshire, and a citizen of Pittsfield, who had distinguished himself in the battlegiment, to establish a camp of rendezvous at Pittsfield, for all recruits who may offer, and be founamp Stanton, I arranged that he should go to Pittsfield instead. Well, he went there. The next daysy thing to get a mustering officer to go to Pittsfield every day. We have no command over these offire County, and organized at Camp Briggs, at Pittsfield. Captain William F. Bartlett, a young and g[3 mor
ceeded in joining the rest of Colonel Dudley's command, with a loss of twenty-two killed, wounded, and missing. Except participating in several short expeditions, the regiment had no further active service until its return home. It reached Pittsfield, Mass., Aug. 21, having returned via the Mississippi River, where it was publicly received with much enthusiasm by the citizens of Berkshire County. By special permission of the Governor of the Commonwealth, the colors of the regiment are retaiof public feeling when the two great parties in the Commonwealth held their conventions to make State nominations in the fall of 1863. The Democratic Convention was held first. We give a brief abstract of its proceedings. Phineas Allen, of Pittsfield, was chosen temporary chairman. Judge J. G. Abbott, of Boston, being called upon, made a speech, and said,— I understand this convention to be the freest and broadest invitation to all men who agree with you and me in this dark hour, whe
sidents and secretaries, among whom were several of the representative men of the party. Alexander H. Bullock, of Worcester, was unanimously nominated for Governor, and William Claflin, of Newton, for Lieutenant-Governor. Henry S. Briggs, of Pittsfield, was nominated for Auditor; Jacob H. Loud, of Plymouth, for Treasurer; Chester I. Reed, of Taunton, for Attorney-General; and Oliver Warner, of Northampton, for Secretary of State. In the afternoon, speeches were made by Hon. Charles Sumner,and wellex-pressed addresses upon political affairs from a Democratic stand-point. Darius N. Couch, of Taunton, who had distinguished himself as an able and efficient officer in the war, was nominated for Governor, and Thomas F. Plunkett, of Pittsfield, for Lieutenant-Governor; S. O. Lamb, of Greenfield, for Secretary of State; Thomas C. Amory, Jr., of Boston, for Treasurer; Arthur F. Devereux, of Salem, for Auditor; and Horatio G. Parker, of Cambridge, for Attorney-General. The election t