not respond, should a call be made to march, were honorably discharged, and their places filled by active men who could.
The corrected rolls were forwarded to Headquarters.
Only one company sent in a political argumentative answer, which was drawn up with ability, and was evidently written by a Southern sympathizer.
The document made several pages of manuscript.
returned it to the officer, with the remark, that the paper was disrespectful in its tone and language to the Commander-in-chief
, and in violation of the first principles of military law. He would give him an opportunity either to modify it or to withdraw it entirely.
If a satisfactory response was not received within a reasonable time, the matter would be laid before His Excellency
; and the probability was, the officers of the company would be discharged, and the company disbanded.
In a few days, a proper answer was made; and the officer with his company, before the end of the year, were mustered into the service for three years, and were sent to the Department of the Gulf, where they did good service.
From the day that General Order No. 4
was issued, a new spirit and zeal imbued our volunteer force.
Applications also came from different parts of the Commonwealth
for permission to raise new companies.
A general impression prevailed, that we were on the perilous edge of battle, and it was the duty of Massachusetts
to be ready to meet the crisis.
In the mean time, the Governor
, who believed from the first that war would ensue, was obtaining information, from every available source, that would be of use, and which could guide him wisely in his course.
The first movement made in the Legislature in relation to national or military matters was a resolution which was offered in the House
on the 11th of January, six days after Governor Andrew
's inauguration, and a day or two after the Speaker
had announced the standing committees; which was in effect, ‘that it is the universal sentiment of the people of Massachusetts
, that the President
should enforce the execution of the laws of the United States
, defend the Union
, protect national property;’ and, to this end, the State
‘cheerfully tenders her entire means, ’