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mall State, in territory and in population. With the exception of Maine, it lies the farthest eastward of all the States in the Union. Its capital is four hundred and fifty miles east of Washington, and is separated from it by the States of Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. It contains seven thousand eight hundred square miles of land, river, lakes, and sea. In 1860, it had a population of 1,231,066, engaged in farming, manufacturing, fishon the 8th of January, the anniversary of General Jackson's victory at New Orleans. Colonel Wardrop, of New Bedford, Third Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, was sent to Governor Fairbanks, of Vermont; and other messengers were sent to Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine, for this purpose. One of these messengers was the gentleman who afterwards became Governor Andrew's private military secretary,—Colonel Albert G. Browne, of Salem,—and who served him during the entire w
gentlemen were interesting themselves with the subject. William F. Durfee, of Fall River, wrote to the Adjutant-General, April 15,— Governor Sprague, of Rhode Island, has been trying to charter steamers of Colonel Borden, of Fall River, to take a Rhode Island regiment to Washington. I think they may succeed in getting the I write for the purpose of posting you in regard to the operations of our neighboring States. The gentleman stated that Governor Sprague intended to have the Rhode-Island troops in Washington in advance of any other State in New England; and I have an ambition to see the Massachusetts men there as soon as Little Rhody's, —sooner If they can get the Empire State, they intend to leave Providence Thursday, at twelve o'clock. The Empire State was chartered by Governor Sprague, but the Rhode-Island troops did not get to Washington first. The following extracts from letters received by the Adjutant-General show in part the patriotic feeling which inspired
, written by Colonel Browne, to Cyrus W. Francis, Yale College, New Haven, Ct., that the first attempt to enlist colored volunteers was by Governor Sprague, of Rhode Island,— By direction of Governor Andrew, I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, and to reply, advising you to place yourself in communication and co-operation with the Governor of Rhode Island, on the subject of the enlistment of the company of colored men as volunteers. It will be essential to the recruitment of the colored regiment commenced by Governor Sprague, that the colored population of other States shall contribute towards it, the number of persons of African descent in the State of Rhode Island alone being insufficient for the purpose. It is proper and just, however, to say that the first regiment of colored troops, of which we shall have more to say hereafter, was raised in Massachusetts. On the twenty-fourth day of August, the Governor addressed the following letter to Hon. J. G. Abb
eminent character of Attorney-General Lincoln, as well as from that just pride of locality which makes me wish that such a memorial of so distinguished a citizen of Massachusetts should not be omitted from a collection of portraits in the department which he once honored. If no such fund is available, I will endeavor, if you desire, to cause a copy of the portrait to be made at private expense, and to be presented to your office. A copy was made by Mr. James S. Lincoln, of Providence, R. I.; the Attorney-General assumed the expense, there being a contingent fund available for the purpose. Andrew Ellison, Jr., Esq., of Rio de Janeiro, on the 8th of July, wrote to Governor Andrew, inclosing a draft for five hundred dollars on Wright, Maxwell, & Co., of New York; the proceeds to be applied for the relief of soldiers in the army, according as Governor Andrew should think proper. This donation was made in the names of the four minor sons of Mr. Ellison. On the 18th of August,
proofs of hearty good-will, that could never be misunderstood. The name of the association would indicate, that it covered the six New-England States, and so, in a certain way, it did; but it was plain that to bring supplies northward from Rhode Island and Connecticut would be unwise; and, consequently, those two States forwarded their goods to New York, except on a few occasions, when shipment by sea to some remote Southern ports was more cheaply effected from Boston than from New York. Ths armies, 34,383 men, bearing upon their standards the names of those memorable battle-fields upon which they had won such immortal renown. This does not include the regiments which passed through the city from the States of Connecticut and Rhode Island; the care, reception, and entertainment of which devolved upon their energetic and able military agent, Colonel John H. Almy, whose entire time was industriously devoted to their interests, and whose services were of infinite value to the asso