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nue, which, after debate, was rejected,—yeas 14, nays 19. The reason for rejecting the bill was stated by Mr. Hardy, of Norfolk. He did not like to have it put on record that old Massachusetts came to the Federal Government in the hour of distressing by a vote of 116 to 40. This bill, however, did not become a law. Jan. 30. In Senate.—On motion of Mr. Hardy, of Norfolk, the bill in relation to loaning the State credit to the United States, which was rejected yesterday, was reconsidered; was very able: the proposition being sustained by Messrs. Northend and Stone, of Essex; Davis, of Bristol; and Hardy, of Norfolk; and opposed by Mr. Whiting, of Plymouth. The resolves passed,—yeas 24, nays 6. The bill provided, that the commissioned by Mr. Whiting, of Plymouth, and Mr. Walker, of Worcester, and advocated by Mr. Northend, of Essex, and Mr. Hardy, of Norfolk. It was finally, on motion of Mr. Davis, of Bristol, referred to the next Legislature. The session closed Thursday, <
onroe at five P. M. At dusk, reached the mouth of the Elizabeth River, and found the enemy had sunk five vessels in the channel to obstruct the passage. Between seven and eight P. M., a river steamer, loaded with passengers, passed us, bound to Norfolk. Our men were kept out of sight. At nine P. M., when within about two hundred yards of United-States frigate Cumberland, were hailed by an officer from her. They did not appear to hear our answer, when the officer hailed us again. Same effectmy from sinking any more obstruction, or building batteries on the banks of the river, while his regiment manned the walls, and put the yard in the best state of defence possible. If we were attacked, to threaten a bombardment of the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth; that we could not destroy all the large guns in the yard (variously estimated from one thousand to twenty-five hundred) that night; that together, in his opinion, the place could be held until sufficient re-enforcements arrived;
ry force was amended, on motion of Mr. Schouler, of Middlesex, to limit the force to five thousand men, instead of three thousand. The bill and the amendment were then recommitted. In the Senate. Afternoon Session.—On motion of Mr. Hardy, of Norfolk, the act to provide for the maintenance of the Union and the Constitution was taken up. An amendment was proposed by Mr. Clark, of Middlesex, to strike out the clause ratifying the acts done by the Governor and Council in any way connected with er said we were afraid all the time of doing something that would hurt the feelings of the South. The resolves were then passed to a third reading,—yeas 18, nays 12. On their passage to be engrossed, Mr. Cole, of Berkshire, and Mr. Hardy, of Norfolk, spoke in opposition. They were then passed to be engrossed,—yeas 17, nays 13,—and were sent back to the House. In the House.—Mr. Durfee, of New Bedford, from the Committee on the Militia, reported that the petition of Robert Morris and o
, unused to public speech, were fired with eloquence. A general camp of rendezvous was established in the city of Worcester, and named Camp Wool, in honor of the veteran, Major-General Wool. To this camp all recruits from the counties of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester, were sent. The old camp at Lynnfield was continued, and designated Camp Stanton, which served as the general rendezvous of recruits from the counties of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Nantucket, Plymouth, and Suffolk. Until further orders, Lieutenant-Colonel Lincoln, of the Thirty-fourth Regiment, which was then being recruited, was placed in command of Camp Wool; and Colonel Maggi, of the Thirty-third Regiment, which was also being recruited, was placed in command of Camp Stanton. Surgeon-General Dale was instructed to have a surgeon at each of the camps, to examine recruits. These camps were intended for recruits who were to form new regiments; and Camp Cameron,
and proceed to Boston. The regiment was mustered out of service at Wenham, July 2, 1863. The Sixth Regiment left the State Sept. 9, 1862, with orders to report at Washington. From thence it proceeded to Suffolk, Va., twenty-three miles from Norfolk, where there was a force of about five thousand. On the 17th, the first touch of war was experienced, and all fell in for action. Some of the Sixth were sent out as skirmishers; others supported a battery. No attack was made; but the fatigue up. The Sixth then returned to Deserted House on the 19th, and bivouacked, on the ground for which it fought, June 30. Under command of General Corcoran, the regiment moved to Windsor, May 20, to protect workmen in taking up the rails of the Norfolk and Petersburg road. Here it remained until the 23d, when General Corcoran notified Colonel Follansbee that the regiment would that day be relieved, as the term of service would soon expire. Accordingly, it left for Suffolk, arriving after te
and personal relations with that Department have been pleasant; and I have never had cause for complaint, and have never made any. I therefore speak as a friend, for justice to deserving men. I think the Secretary of War has made a hasty decision, founded upon an error, and that he will generously correct it. The twelve companies of the Second Regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, into which these men expected to be placed, are at the seat of war. They are in the forts by companies from Norfolk, Va., to Newbern, N. C. The two additional companies which we ask to raise, one of which is already raised, expect to take their chances with the others. Why should they not be treated like their fellow-citizens who have just left the State? In conclusion, I would ask, is it well to raise a question of this kind at the present juncture? It is too insignificant a matter for the War Department to make an issue upon; while to the individual persons, who have enlisted in good faith, it is a m
e by coming to Boston to-morrow morning? See General Order No. 27 in the morning papers. Governor Andrew was in Washington in the early part of July; and it was doubtless, in a great measure, through his personal efforts that the act of July 4 was passed. On the 6th of July, he telegraphed to John M. Forbes as follows:— Secretary of War has accepted my proposition, that proper agents appointed by Massachusetts may present men for muster at various central points like Washington, Norfolk, Newbern, Hilton Head, who shall be mustered into any regiments of the State or United States, as the case may be, and credited to Massachusetts. Secretary promises friendly co-operation in executing the purpose of the statute. He will only refuse to muster in those men actually being employed by his officers in Government service. Orders will be written out tomorrow conformably. We have already stated that he had arranged in Washington with Secretary Stanton, that the naval credits
th mainly in the fact of the triumphant re-election of President Lincoln, and the universal confidence reposed in Lieutenant-General Grant, whose wise and comprehensive policy had become known to the people. The Legislature of Massachusetts assembled at the State House on Wednesday, Jan. 4. The Senate was called to order by Mr. Wentworth, of Middlesex, and organized by the choice of Jonathan E. Field, of Berkshire, for President, who received twenty-five votes, and John S. Eldridge, of Norfolk, ten; and by the choice of Stephen N. Gifford, clerk, who received all the votes that were cast. Mr. Field, on taking the chair, referred to national matters in the following words:— The people have decided that the Union shall at all hazards be preserved. No man was bold enough to ask for popular indorsement, who held any other creed. By the election of Mr. Lincoln, it has been settled, that from ocean to ocean, from Aroostook to the Rio Grande, there shall be but one nation. We