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governor, in 1860, there were four candidates and four political parties. John A. Andrew, of Boston, was the candidate of the Republicans; Erasmus D. Beach, of Springfield, of the Douglas wing of the Democrats; Amos A. Lawrence, of Boston, of the conservative party; and Benjamin F. Butler, of Lowell, of the Breckenridge wing of thd Stephen N. Gifford, Esq., of Duxbury, clerk. Hon. John A. Goodwin, of Lowell, was chosen Speaker of the House of Representatives, and William Stowe, Esq., of Springfield, clerk. On assuming the duties of President of the Senate, Mr. Claflin made a brief address, in the course of which he said,— While we meet under circued to start on Tuesday morning, which gave me an opportunity of discussing the objects of my mission with Colonel Sargent, who took the same train as far as Springfield, Mass., and enabled me to reach this city this morning by daybreak. Immediately after breakfast, I called on the Hon. Charles Sumner. He at once understood the
en to the Secretary of War, asking the privilege of drawing, from the United-States Armory at Springfield, two thousand rifled muskets in advance of the annual quota becoming due; also urging the Prefore to-morrow night, and to await orders. Allow me to urge the issue of an order to the Springfield (Mass.) Armory, to double the production of arms at once, and to push the work to the utmost. If were rung, and salutes of artillery fired. At Worcester, an immense throng cheered them; at Springfield, the military and the fire department turned out to do them honor. The regiment reached New detached to complete the organization of the Eighth. It was ordered to join the regiment at Springfield, when on the way to Washington. The captain was a son of Ex-Governor Briggs. Before the comand inseparable. The regiment left Boston at four o'clock that afternoon by Worcester and Springfield, and was greeted with the same unbounded enthusiasm the Sixth received. General Butler accom
loyal States were abroad on a similar errand. Writes to Secretary Cameron, that Ex-Governor Boutwell will confer with him in regard to garrisoning our forts with militia; also recommends that a guard be placed at the United-States Arsenal at Springfield. Two thousand men could be thus employed, who would enlist for one or two years, be drilled as soldiers, and sent forward when required. Telegraphs to Secretary of War for one or two thousand smooth-bore muskets, of which there are one hundris note, with my full commendations. Mr. Foster is a gentleman with whom you can take counsel, finding him full of the fire and hard-working zeal of Massachusetts. How long, O Lord! how long will they delay our people? To George Ashmun, Springfield, Mass.: A Mr. T. Jones Lyman, of Montreal, Canada West, informs me that there are two hundred thousand percussion muskets at the armories, either at Quebec or Montreal. Will you ascertain if there is any way in which they can be bought? Governo
in the western part of the State, remained in camp near Springfield, until completely organized. Before leaving the State, of the House, Messrs. Bullock of Worcester, Calhoun of Springfield, Branning of Lee, Davis of Greenfield, Tyler of Boston, five western counties, and had its camp near the city of Springfield, until it was fully organized. The Eleventh Regiment wa, Commissary-General of Massachusetts. James Barnes, of Springfield, a graduate of West Point, and a veteran officer, was co The Twenty-seventh Regiment was recruited at Camp Reed, Springfield, from the four western counties in the State. It left tde's command. The field officers were Horace C. Lee, of Springfield, colonel, who afterwards rose to the rank of brigadier-gmpton, lieutenant-colonel; and Walter G. Bartholomew, of Springfield, major,—both of whom were made full colonels before the e are plenty of guns at the navy yard, at Watertown, and Springfield, which could easily be put into position. The necessity
The Forty-fifth was known as the Cadet Regiment, from the fact that most of its officers were or had been officers of the First Corps of Cadets. The regiment went on board transport on the twenty-fourth day of October, under command of Colonel Charles R. Codman, with orders to proceed to Newbern, N. C. This is one of the regiments that were detained in Boston Harbor by the storm. The Forty-sixth Regiment was recruited chiefly in Hampden County, at Camp N. P. Banks, in the vicinity of Springfield. It sailed from Boston, under command of Colonel George Bowler, for Newbern, N. C. This was one of the three regiments detained in Boston Harbor by the storm before referred to. The Forty-seventh Regiment was recruited at Camp Edwin M. Stanton, at Boxford, where it remained to within a few weeks of its departure from the State, when it was ordered to Camp Meigs, Readville. This regiment was recruited in a great degree by Lucius B. Marsh, Esq., who afterwards became its colonel. It b
head. Of the men recruited, seventy-two had enlisted in Springfield, and were counted as part of its quota, and it was expecallows. As one of these companies was to be raised in Springfield and vicinity, and as a large number of recruits have alrar disrepute. The following letter to William Stowe, Springfield, Jan. 14, by the Adjutant-General, gives the result of tutler's despatch that authority is given: go ahead. The Springfield company was enlisted before they knew of the decision whhe call of the President, of Oct. 17, 1863. The city of Springfield has to furnish, as her quota of the present call, 476 meto their original design; and I received a telegram from Springfield this morning, that they would report in a body at Camp M This, I understand, is the law of the land. Now, this Springfield company is an organization authorized to be recruited byUnion. It was also of special importance to the city of Springfield that the men should be accepted, and thus form a part of
s, composed as it was entirely of delegates representing one of the great parties of the Commonwealth. The Democratic State Convention met in Faneuil Hall, Boston, on the 21st of September, and was organized by the choice of Dr. A. Page, of Springfield, as temporary chairman, and Theodore H. Sweetser, of Lowell, as permanent president. On taking the chair, Mr. Sweetser made an impressive and eloquent speech, which closed as follows:— And, while we raise here the banner of civil confliminion, and restore the Old Dominion to the Union. The convention nominated the same gentlemen for State officers who had been the candidates of the party the year before; and selected Robert C. Winthrop, of Boston, and Erasmus D. Beach, of Springfield, as presidential electors at large. A series of resolutions were adopted which were reported by Colonel Charles G. Greene, of Boston. They strongly indorsed the nominations of General McClellan and Mr. Pendleton, for President and Vice-Pre