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was truly a re-union of the men of Harvard. Many of the young men who, three or four years before, had graduated, bore on their shoulders the insignia of generals and colonels. Among these were Barlow, Force, Devens, Payne, Hayes, Loring, Bartlett, Eustis, Sargent, Ames, Walcott, Stevens, Higginson, Savage, Palfrey, Crowninshield, and Russell. Some appeared with but one arm, others with but one leg. Then there were scrolls commemorative of those who had fallen, among whom were Wadsworth, Webster, Revere, Peabody, Willard, the Dwights, Lowell, Hopkinson, How, Shurtleff, and the two brothers Abbott, and many others, whose love of country closed but with their lives. The procession was formed at eleven o'clock, under the direction of Colonel Henry Lee, Jr., who acted as chief marshal, and it marched, to the music of Gilmore's Band, to the Unitarian Church, which was crowded to its utmost limit. Charles G. Loring presided, and the services began with the singing of Luther's Psalm
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 1: introductory and explanatory. (search)
Chapter 1: introductory and explanatory. Often during the four years of the late civil war we were reminded of the words of Mr. Webster in a speech made by him in the Massachusetts Convention of 1820 for the amendment of the Constitution of this Commonwealth. They are as follows:— I would not be thought to be among those who underrate the value of military service. My heart beats, I trust, as responsive as any one's to a soldier's claim for honor or renown. It has ever been my opin public, or for the more limited purpose of being used by the lover of antiquarian research, or the student of American Revolutionary history. Had they been, we believe they would in a remarkable degree have sustained the opinion expressed by Mr. Webster in the extract from the speech which we have quoted at the commencement of this chapter, and to which, in a great part, this volume owes its origin. But, whatever matters of historical interest the town records of the Revolutionary era may
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 13: Plymouth County. (search)
or men, and at the end of the war had a surplus of eighteen over and above all demands. Seven were commissioned officers. The most distinguished was Colonel Fletcher Webster, who fell on the 30th of August, 1862, while gallantly leading his regiment (Twelfth Massachusetts Volunteers) against the enemy at the second battle of ut like their sisters in other towns they made humble estimates of their good works. What can be more touching than this extract from a note received from Mrs. Fletcher Webster, whose husband so nobly sacrificed his life for the Union at the head of his regiment:— I am trying to collect the information you desire, and I shall our large boxes of blankets, pillows, stockings, mittens, &c., to the Twelfth, and my Aunt Forrester and her daughters of Salem sent one or two boxes also. Mrs. Webster's efforts were not altogether unavailing, for to her we are indebted for the account of the supplies furnished by the ladies of South Marshfield, which we pres
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 14: Suffolk County. (search)
s of men who are killed in battle or who die of disease incurred in service, was read. September 1st, This order was laid on the table by a vote of 7 to 4. September 8th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer for nine months service who shall enlist and be credited to the quota of Boston. The treasurer was authorized to borrow three hundred and fifty thousand dollars to pay the same. Resolutions of respect to the memory and of condolence to the family of Colonel Fletcher Webster were introduced by Alderman Henshaw and were unanimously adopted. September 22d, Ordered, to cease paying bounties to nine-months men on and after October 1st. October 2d, The time for paying bounties was extended to the 15th. The quota of Boston being nearly filled an order was passed, October 27th, giving power to the mayor to cease paying bounties when he shall receive satisfactory evidence of the quota being filled. November 4th, The mayor reported that Boston had filled her
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 15: Worcester County. (search)
eymour A. Tingier. The town-treasurer during the same period was William T. Shumway. 1861. The first town-meeting to act upon matters relating to the war was held on the 29th of April, at which it was voted to pay each volunteer belonging to Webster five dollars a month while in active service, and to his wife and mother, dependent on him for support, one dollar and fifty cents a week, and to each child fifty cents a week; and if the family shall need more, the amounts to be increased at thfor recruiting purposes. 1864. July 14th, Voted, to pay each volunteer who shall enlist for three years and be credited to the quota of the town a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars. This was continued until the end of the war. Webster furnished three hundred and thirty-four men for the war, which was a surplus of twenty-two over and above all demands. Eight were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exc
ridge 681 Sudbury 455 Sunderland 286 Sutton 682 Swampscott 245 Swanzey 156 T. Taunton 158 Templeton 684 Tewksbury 457 Tisbury 168 Tolland 320 Topsfield 246 Townsend 458 Truro 51 Tyngsborough 460 Tyringham 106 U. Upton 686 Uxbridge 687 W. Wakefield 450 Wales 321 Walpole 524 Waltham 461 Ware 359 Wareham 577 Warren 689 Warwick 288 Washington 108 Watertown 463 Wayland 466 Webster 690 Wellfleet 54 Wendell 289 Wenham 249 West Bridgewater 578 West Brookfield 695 Westborough 692 West Boylston 694 West Cambridge (Arlington) 467 Westfield 323 Westford 469 Westhampton 361 Westminster 696 West Newbury 250 Weston 469 Westport 160 West Roxbury 525 West Springfield 325 West Stockbridge 109 Weymouth 529 Whately 290 Wilbraham 327 Williamsburg 362 Williamstown 111 Wilmington 471 Wi
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 1: from Massachusetts to Virginia. (search)
rial would have been a departure from the policy I had adopted, I declined the offer. It would be interesting to give in detail the letters, correspondence, and reports that flowed in upon me from the fifteenth day of April, 1861, to the very morning of the eighth of July following, when the regiment left the State: offers of services to drill; offers of services to fight; individual offers, and offers by groups and companies; German soldiers by Mr. Urbino, and French veterans by Colonel Fletcher Webster; applications for a first or second lieutenancy in an infantry regiment from a man who had commanded ships varying in size from six hundred to eighteen hundred tons; applications for a first or second lieutenancy from a man who says, to use his own words, anything that money or political influence can do to obtain this will not be wanting; and a letter, the last that I will allude to, from a single applicant, who signed himself under the somewhat indefinite name of Volunteer. With
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 2: Harper's Ferry and Maryland Heights—Darnstown, Maryland.--Muddy Branch and Seneca Creek on the Potomac—Winter quarters at Frederick, Md. (search)
ir men to desist, and during the remainder of the hour they were quiet. In the afternoon Colonel Webster informed me that if that man was to be tied up again in full view of his regiment, he would I shall take my men out to drill at that hour, he answered. This assurance on the part of Colonel Webster was serious. A rush within our lines was possible. Seeing a ruse, suppose they should refn time for action before the next day's punishment. It was quite evident, I insisted, that Colonel Webster could not control his men; and it was equally clear these men must be controlled. The puniy camp? I will order them, replied General Banks. I thanked him, and retired, to meet Colonel Webster approaching General Banks's headquarters for an interview. Next morning, and but a few m; gets on with drills respectably, though he can understand an occasional gentle hint to--. Colonel Webster commands the brigade; the new officers have not come, and he is preparing to celebrate Than
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Index (search)
Underwood, A. B., applies for a commission in the Second Mass. Regiment, 4; holds a captaincy in same, 12, 220, 223. Urbino, S. R., assists in raising German troops for the War of the Rebellion, 11. W War Department, the, its general order (No. 15), 14, 15. Its Circular Letter to Governors of States, 16. Its mistakes, 188. Blamed for leaving Banks defenseless, 256. Ward, Lieut-Colonel, of the Fifteenth Mass. Regiment, 67. Takes part in the battle of Ball's Bluff, 70, 71. Webster, Fletcher, Colonel of Twelfth Massachusetts Regiment, 50. Protests against a case of discipline in the Massachusetts Second, 51-58. At the battle of Cedar Mountain, 320. Weld, Stephen M., applies for a commission for his son-in the Second Massachusetts Regiment, 95, 96. Wheaton, Captain, 273. Whitney, J. P., holds a captaincy in the Second Mass. Regiment, 12. Williams, Captain, 219, 221. Killed at the battle of Cedar Mountain, 332. Williams, General, Federal officer in Civ
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 2: Parentage and Family.—the father. (search)
ng period of American literature, the first quarter of the present century. It followed the generation which was illustrated by the orators and writers of the Revolution, and the authors of the Federalist; and it preceded the demonstration of Mr. Webster's marvellous forensic powers. It was an interval in which political speeches and writings showed little originality of thought, depth of feeling, or terseness and vigor of expression. There was a manifest effort to use words of Latin derivatGeorgia, Florida, and Alabama will sooner or later unite and bid defiance to the North. He added: In the course of this year, 1833, I trust we are to see whether we are a nation or a confederacy. He had before this, Jan. 20, 1830, written to Mr. Webster, acknowledging the receipt of a copy of his speech on Foote's resolution, saying that the debate will be noticed in the history of our Union; and in that history you will appear as a man fulfilling the duty of your station, faithful to your c
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