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John D. Billings, Hardtack and Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life, I. The tocsin of war. (search)
John Bell, of Tennessee; and Edward Everett, of Massachusetts, was nominated as Vice-President. This party dr Father Abraham. It has often been asked how Massachusetts, so much farther from the National Capital than ccurring which might require that the militia of Massachusetts should be increased in number, it would be well ow known in history as the Great War Governor of Massachusetts, assumed the duties of his office. He was not otheir places filled by others. Thus it was that Massachusetts for the second time in her history prepared her into the ranks of the militia, for there were in Massachusetts, as in other States, very many men who had made ity of dress has been required of the militia in Massachusetts. But to return to that memorable 15th of Apr of a Mexican war in our early childhood, but as Massachusetts sent only one regiment to that war, and that sawnt forth from the towns in the shore counties of Massachusetts. Most of the companies in the regiments that we
h went through Baltimore ; the N. E. Guards regiment, commanded by that excellent officer, Major J. T. Stevenson. The undersigned has this day been authorized and directed to fill up the ranks of these regiments forthwith. A grand opportunity is afforded for patriotic persons to enlist in the service of their country under the command of as able officers as the country has yet furnished. Pay and rations will begin immediately on enlistment. Uniforms also provided! Citizens of Massachusetts should feel pride in attaching themselves to regiments from their own State, in order to maintain the proud supremacy which the Old Bay State now enjoys in the contest for the Union and the Constitution. The people of many of the towns and cities of the Commonwealth have made ample provision for those joining the ranks of the army. If any person enlists in a Company or Regiment out of the Commonwealth, he cannot share in the bounty which has been thus liberally voted. Wherever any tow
lter tent for each line officer; and the same order was reissued by his successors. But in some way many Officer's wall tent with fly. of these line officers managed to smuggle a wall tent into the wagon train, so that when a settled camp was entered upon they were provided with those luxurious shelters instead of the shelter tent. Over the top an extra piece of canvas, called a fly, was stretched as additional protection against sun and rain. These tents are generally familiar. Massachusetts now provides her militia with them, I believe, without distinction of rank. The tents thus far described I have referred to as used largely by the troops before they left the State. But there was another tent, the most interesting of all, which was used exclusively in the field, and that was Tente d'abri--the Dog or Shelter Tent. Just why it is called the shelter tent I cannot say, unless on the principle stated by the Rev. George Ellis for calling the pond on Boston Common a Fr
or as a present from solicitous relatives, or admiring friends, or enthusiastic business associates, was something of a curiosity. Of course a present of this kind necessitated an outfit of special ammunition, and such was at once procured. But the personal armory of many heroes was not even then complete, and a dirk knife — a real Arkansaw toothpick --was no unusual sight to be seen hanging from the belt of some of the incipient but blood-thirsty warriors. The little town of Ashby in Massachusetts, at one of its earliest war-meetings, voted that each volunteer shall be provided, with a revolver, a bowie-knife, and a Bible, and shall also receive ten dollars in money. The thought did not appear to find lodgement in the brain of the average soldier or his friends that by the time the government had provided him with what arms, ammunition, and equipments it was thought necessary for him to have, he would then be loaded with about all he could bear, without adding a personal armory a
otomac, 51, 54, 71,108,118,120-21,157,176, 181,235,241,252-53,257,260-61, 267-68,286, 298,301,303, 317-19,331,340,347,349-50, 359-61,363,366,371,378-79, 383-84, 391, and passim; Engineer Corps, 267,378-93; Signal Corps, 267, 394-407; Infantry: 71st Indiana, 160; 1st Iowa, 118; 1st Massachusetts, 45,199, 309; 2nd Massachusetts, 37; 3rd Massachusetts, 25; 4th Massachusetts, 25, 28; 6th Massachusetts, 25, 35; 8th Massachusetts, 25; 19th Massachusetts, 391; 20th Massachusetts, 208, 391; 32nd Massachusetts, 139; 40th Massachusetts, 270; 7th Michigan, 391; 7th New Hampshire, 248; 33rd New York, 277; 60th New York, 287; 72nd Pennsylvania, 312; 10th Vermont, 246; Artillery: 1st Maine, 319; 10th Massachusetts, 278; Cavalry: 10th New York, 139; Engineers: 15th New York, 378; 50th New York, 378, 384, 393 United States Christian Commission, 64-65 Taylor, Zachary, 25 412 Vicksburg, 57, 383 Vining's Station, Ga., 400 Wadsworth, James S., 369 Warren, Gouverneur K., 246,308, 349,367,4