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Malvern Hill (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ed daily to heaven. No one can fully realize the grandeur of the army, and the magnitude of the Rebellion, who never visited Washington in the years when it was being fought. On or about the 20th of July, the Governor despatched Colonel Ritchie, of his personal staff, to the James River, to make a personal examination into the condition of the Massachusetts regiments in General McClellan's army, which had fallen back from before Richmond to the James River, near Harrison's Landing and Malvern Hill. On the 28th of July, Colonel Ritchie had reached Harrison's Bar, James River, Va., where he wrote a long and interesting letter to the Governor. It appears that Colonel Ritchie went by way of Washington, where he found General Burnside, who had been summoned from North Carolina to a consultation with General Halleck; and they both left, that same day, for this place, to confer with General McClellan. This move on the part of General Halleck was intended to be kept a great secret, and
West Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
d to go into it; that he knew Dana well, and considered him one of the entirely honest and reliable men and gentlemen in the Quartermaster's Department. Captain Dana was not commissioned colonel of the Tenth, but Henry L. Eustis, a graduate of West Point, was. Captain Parker was commissioned major, and served until he was mortally wounded in General Grant's advance from the Rapidan, and died May 12, 1864. The remaining part of Colonel Ritchie's report relates to matters not of general interestn that regiment; I should greatly regret, if, from any cause, any of them should be compelled to leave the service of such a commander. Colonel Williams, at the time of his appointment, was a captain of cavalry, U. S.A. He was a graduate of West Point, and distinguished as a cavalry officer. He was a Virginian by birth, but never hesitated which was the path of duty for him to tread. He was a strict disciplinarian, but he was kind to his men. During the last two years of the war, Colonel W
Port Royal (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ork, a fortnight after, I found the regiment in good condition. The Twenty-eighth sailed, on the 16th of February, from New York, to join General Sherman at Port Royal, S. C. The Fifth Battery was encamped on Capitol Hill, and had been assigned to General Franklin's division. The officers had preferred to be put in General Firites to Colonel Tompkins, United-States Quartermaster at New York,— The Rev. A. L. Stone, pastor of the Park-street Church in this city, desires to visit Port Royal for the purpose of gathering information concerning the moral and spiritual condition of the contrabands in that quarter. He is a suitable person to accomplish such a mission. May I hope that you will do what you can to facilitate Mr. Stone's transit to and from Port Royal? Feb. 28.—The Governor writes to the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts,— I have just, this afternoon, had time to read your interesting report, and I beg you would do what it reminds me of; namely, send to <
Centreville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
it. He was to aid the soldiers with money in returning home, if they had not sufficient for their wants themselves. The instructions were very comprehensive, and drawn with marked ability. They covered every service which an agent could do, or a soldier require. Mr. Tufts entered upon his duties July 28, 1862. There were, at that time, forty-four army hospitals in the District of Columbia, Fairfax, and Falls Church, Va. The battles of Cedar Mountain, second Bull Run, Chantilly, and Centreville, soon after increased the sick and wounded to sixty hospitals, which were filled. The first business of the agent was to ascertain the number of Massachusetts soldiers among the sick and wounded, also their condition, the regiments to which they belonged, and what assistance they required. Nearly five hundred of our men were in these hospitals; and the whole number upon the books of the agency, as having been in the hospitals in that department, during the war, was seventeen thousand f
Stockbridge (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ching eulogy upon his life and character. He also introduced a joint resolution in honor of the deceased, which was passed unanimously. March 5. In the House.—A message was received from the Governor concerning three rebel flags, which had been captured by the Massachusetts regiments in the battle at Roanoke Island, N. C. A resolution was adopted to have the flags placed in the House of Representatives during the remainder of the session. Patriotic speeches were made by Mr. Field, of Stockbridge, and by the Speaker of the House, Colonel Bullock. March 6. In the House.—The Senate bill granting State aid to the families of volunteers was discussed during the greater part of the day, and was passed to a third reading, yeas 100, nays 73. Nothing further of material interest to the volunteers, or in relation to the war, was considered during the session. The acts passed by the extra session the year before left little more to be done for the soldiers. The session continued
Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
lature Abstracts of military laws passed Massachusetts prisoners in Richmond clothing sent lettatever was necessary for their wants. The Massachusetts men, seventy-one in number, were at once fr, Dr. Upham has just arrived, with thirty Massachusetts men,—Major Stevenson, Lieutenant Nichols, rict, was organized, under the name of the Massachusetts Soldiers' Relief Association, the members itz John Porter's division, as he had many Massachusetts regiments in his command. This he effecteg to the system adopted by the State. Our Massachusetts system proved most satisfactory, as it avo were released, and afterwards enlisted in Massachusetts regiments. Feb. 18.—The Governor writes President, as allotment-commissioners for Massachusetts troops, have received no notice of their are needed to supply the losses in the four Massachusetts regiments in his brigade. But just at thi a few weeks, and assigned to duty. The Massachusetts regiments and batteries in the spring of 1[68 more...]<
ate for the defence of its coast, which he had no doubt that Congress would sanction and reimburse; also, a letter, dated Dec. 20, from Brigadier-General Joseph C. Totten, Engineer Department, U. S.A., giving a detailed statement of the different surveys made in time past of the defences on the coast of Massachusetts; also, a letter addressed to His Excellency by Colonel Ritchie, of his personal staff, upon popular military instruction, in which a review was given of the different systems in Europe, and recommending that military art be encouraged and taught in some of our public schools, and higher seminaries of learning. Jan. 6. In the House.—Mr. Cushing, of Newburyport, introduced an order that the Committee on the Militia consider the expediency of making provision for the families of citizens of the State engaged in the naval service of the United States during the existing war, similar to that made for those in the land service. The order was referred. Jan. 7. In the House
Dedham (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
o make manifest the arduous and faithful labors of the agent, in grateful recognition of which the Governor appointed Mr. Tufts an assistant adjutant-general, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. The entire cost of the agency to the Commonwealth was thirty-five thousand dollars. We cannot close this brief sketch without expressing our acknowledgments to Colonel Tufts, for the services rendered by him to the sick and wounded soldiers of the Commonwealth; and also to Mrs. Jennie L. Thomas, of Dedham, who was appointed in October, 1862, to assist Colonel Tufts in his humane labors, and whose devotion to the cause and kindness to the worn and weary of Massachusetts soldiers, suffering from honorable wounds or from fevers engendered by exposure in the Wilderness of Virginia, the morasses of the Carolinas, and the swamps of Mississippi and Louisiana will never be forgotten by them. Agencies were also formed in Baltimore and Philadelphia. William Robinson was appointed to take charge of
Capitol Hill (United States) (search for this): chapter 6
on taken by the War Department. Secretary Stanton issued orders immediately, by telegraph, to the commander of the fort and to the colonel of the regiment, which I subsequently ascertained were of great service in obtaining the necessary comforts for the men. On my return to New York, a fortnight after, I found the regiment in good condition. The Twenty-eighth sailed, on the 16th of February, from New York, to join General Sherman at Port Royal, S. C. The Fifth Battery was encamped on Capitol Hill, and had been assigned to General Franklin's division. The officers had preferred to be put in General Fitz John Porter's division, as he had many Massachusetts regiments in his command. This he effected with the aid of Messrs. Elliot and Gooch, members of Congress. He next visited the camps of the Seventh and Tenth Regiments at Brightwood, about six miles from Washington. He says, Although the weather had been bad, and the roads were in a condition hardly conceivable by a New-Englan
Baltimore, Md. (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
; also, a resolve thanking Adeline Tyler, of Baltimore, for the kind, humane, and Christian serviced by her to our soldiers who were wounded in Baltimore, April 19, 1861; also, resolves acknowledgintation to their several homes. They reached Baltimore on the evening of the 9th of March. On arri, One hundred wounded men from Burnside left Baltimore this morning, mostly Massachusetts men. Shalck train. A hundred and fifty men, who left Baltimore this morning, have not yet arrived. On theten by them. Agencies were also formed in Baltimore and Philadelphia. William Robinson was appoolunteers. On the following day, we went to Baltimore, where the Seventeenth Regiment and the Firsare highly esteemed by the loyal citizens of Baltimore, several of whom I saw, and conversed with. or forty men to enlist, and go with them to Baltimore. Upon arriving there, they found how misera He wrote to General Dix, then commanding at Baltimore; to the Secretary of War; to our members of [4 more...]
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