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It would appear from the correspondence on the Governor's files, that some misunderstanding and ill-feeling existed on the part of the Secretary of War and the Governor. It appears that Governor Andrew had written Francis P. Blair, Sen., a letter, requesting him to see the President in relation to Captain Ralph O. Ives, of the Massachusetts Tenth Regiment, who was a prisoner at Richmond. He had been dismissed the service by orders from the War Department, while yet a prisoner. The object of writing to Mr. Blair was to have him reinstated in his rank. Mr. Blair was personally acquainted with Captain Ives. This letter had been given to Secretary Stanton by the President, and he had taken offence at it. Mr. Stanton also complained to Mr. Hooper, member of Congress, that the Governor had delayed sending forward the heavy artillery companies. On the 3d of May, the Governor addressed a letter to Mr. Hooper, in which he says,—

Mr. Stanton is utterly and entirely mistaken in saying or supposing that the forwarding of those companies has been delayed for a single hour by me. It is not in my power to delay them, even were I so disposed. They have been mustered into the service of the United States, and were in no manner under my control, as Mr. Stanton must perceive on a moment's reflection.

The Governor then goes on to show that there had been no delay whatever in forwarding those companies, but that they had been forwarded with the utmost despatch. One of the reasons given by Mr. Stanton for keeping them back was, that the Governor had been disappointed in not procuring for them a regimental organization. This he pronounced equally unfounded, but still insisted upon the justice of his request.

‘The regimental organization,’ he said, ‘is due to these companies and still more to our batteries in the field,—due to their accomplished officers, and necessary for their efficiency and usefulness. It is given to every other State that asks it, even to those having many fewer companies than Massachusetts has in the field, and is denied only to us.’

In regard to Major Cabot's battalion at Fort Warren, he says,—

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