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te arsenal at Cambridge, in which were deposited the arms and munitions of war belonging to the Commonwealth, except those which were loaned to the companies of active militia, and cared for in their several armories. The personal military staff of the Governor was limited by law to four aides-de-camp, each with the rank and title of lieutenant-colonel. Governor Andrew appointed, as his military aids, Horace Binney Sargent, of West Roxbury (senior aid); Harrison Ritchie, of Boston; John W. Wetherell, of Worcester; and Henry Lee, Jr., of Brookline. Colonel Sargent had served on the staff of Governor Banks. He remained on the staff of Governor Andrew until he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the First Regiment of Massachusetts Cavalry, in August, 1861, when Colonel Ritchie became senior aid, and John Quincy Adams, of Quincy, was appointed to fill the vacancy. Massachusetts was represented in the Thirty-sixth Congress, which ended March 4, 1861, by Charles Sumner and Henry
red upon his duties immediately, and relieved the Adjutant-General of all quartermaster's duties and responsibilities. Many of the duties had previously been performed, during the week, by the aides-de-camp of the Governor, and by private gentlemen, who had volunteered their services. From the hour the telegram was received by the Governor, the pressure of business upon the executive and military departments of the State became more and more urgent. Colonels Sargent, Ritchie, Lee, and Wetherell, of the Governor's personal staff, were on duty, answering inquiries, writing letters, and attending to the multiplicity of details which the duties of the executive rendered necessary. The Executive Council was also in session; and, on the 20th of April, it was ordered that the Treasurer be authorized to borrow two hundred thousand dollars, to be held as an emergency fund for military purposes; also, that an agent be sent to Europe with authority to purchase, on account of the Commonweal
States, with authority to authorize a distinct ambulance corps. On the same day, he wrote to the President, bringing to his attention a certain injustice done our soldiers, in keeping them imprisoned without trial by court-martial; and suggesting, that a board be convened by the Governors of States for such duty, the following names to constitute the board for Massachusetts: Major-General William Sutton, BrigadierGen-eral Richard A. Peirce, Lieutenant-Colonel C. C. Holmes, Lieutenant-Colonel John W. Wetherell, Major Charles W. Wilder, Major Thornton K. Lothrop, Captain George H. Shaw, Lieutenant Curtis B. Raymond, and, for Judgecate, Major William L. Burt, all of whom held commissions under the Governor in the Massachusetts militia. The Governor draws the attention of the President to chapter 201 of the Acts of Congress of 1862, which gives him power for the appointment of such a board. The suggestion of the Governor was not approved; at least, the board recommended was never co
usetts volunteers in his command, in commendatory words which their services made so proper. On the 30th of December, the Governor wrote,— The Secretary of the Commonwealth will place on the nomination book, to be justices of the peace and of the quorum thereof in this Commonwealth, the names of— Brevet-Brigadier-General Horace B. Sargent, late aide-de-camp. Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Lee, Jr., late aide-de-camp. Colonel Harrison Ritchie, senior aide-de camp. Lieutenant-Colonel John W. Wetherell, aide-de-camp. Lieutenant-Colonel John Quincy Adams, aide-de-camp. Lieutenant-Colonel William L. Candler, aide-de-camp. Lieutenant-Colonel Albert G. Browne, Jr., late private secretary. Major Henry Ware, private secretary. Major-General William Schouler, Adjutant-General. Brigadier-General John H. Reed, Quartermaster-General. Brigadier-General William J. Dale, Surgeon-General. Brigadier-General Richard A. Peirce, Inspector-General. Brigadier-General William Raymond