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Chapter 10:

  • The military camps in Massachusetts-number of troops Jan. 1, 1864
  • -- where serving -- letter of Governor to Lewis Hayden -- from Miss Upham -- soldier's scrap-book -- letter to Samuel Hooper -- sale of Heavy Ordnance -- the condition of our defences -- Colonel Ritchie in England -- meeting of the Legislature -- organization -- addresses of Mr. Field andColonel Bullock -- address of the Governor -- eloquent extract -- Abstractof military laws -- members of Congress -- letter to John B. Alley -- Thespringfield companies -- Secretary Stanton refuses to pay them bounties -- correspondence in regard to it -- letters from General Butler -- Governor toMiss Upham -- complaints about soldiers at Long Island -- re-enlistedVeterans -- order of War Department -- returns of veteran regiments -- their reception -- letter to General Hancock -- General Burnside reviewsthe troops at Readville -- letter to the Christian Watchman -- General Andrews -- Surgeon-General Dale -- Confederate money -- letter from Generalgordon -- battle of Olustee -- letter to selectmen of Plymouth -- a Secondvolume of scrap-book -- letter from Mr. Lovejoy -- Lieutenant-Colonelwhittemore -- correspondence -- the Heavy Artillery -- condition of Fortwarren -- misunderstanding -- Secretary Stanton and the Governor -- Colonelwilliam F. Bartlett -- his promotion -- earnest letter to Mr. Sumner -- Troubles about recruiting -- complaints made -- a Convention held -- Letterof the Adjutant-General -- the recruiting of New regiments -- Forwardedto the front -- the advance of General Grant.

On the 1st of January, 1864, there were three camps of rendezvous for enlisted men in the Commonwealth,—one at Long Island, in Boston Harbor, under command of Brigadier-General Devens, to which drafted men were sent; ‘Camp Meigs,’ at Readville, commanded by Brigadier-General R. H. Peirce, to which recruits for old regiments were sent; ‘Camp Wool,’ at Worcester, in charge of Colonel William F. Bartlett, Fifty-seventh Regiment, was specially used for recruiting and organizing that regiment. The number of men at each of these camps was as follows: Long Island, 1,086; ‘Camp Meigs,’ 2,270 ; ‘Camp Wool,’ 300,—total, 3,656.

The seventeen nine months regiments had returned home; and Massachusetts had at this time, in the service of the

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