- Public confidence -- meeting of the Legislature -- organization -- address ofGovernor Andrew -- acts passed by the Legislature -- General Sargent -- death of Edward Everett -- Frontier Cavalry -- Governor and Secretarystanton -- abolition of slavery -- Boston Harbor -- fast day -- Currencyquestion -- proclamation of President Lincoln -- case of a deserter -- letter from Secretary Seward -- foreign enlistments -- the end of the Rebellion -- Capitulation of General Lee -- Rejoicings throughout the State -- Governor sends a message to the Legislature -- meeting in Faneuil Hall -- proposition for a national Thanksgiving -- death of President Lincoln -- action of the Legislature -- Governor's letter to Mrs. Lincoln -- original Copyof General Lee's farewell address, sent to the Governor by General Russell -- death of General Russell -- monument to the First martyrs in Lowell -- address of the Governor -- letter to F. P. Blair, Sen. -- meeting at Faneuilhall -- letter of the Governor -- reconstruction -- Colonel William S. Lincoln -- memorial celebration at Harvard -- letter to Mr. Motley, Minister toAustria -- Miss Van Lew -- Alexander H. Stephens -- Governor to Presidentlincoln -- relics of Colonel Shaw -- letter to Colonel Theodore Lyman -- State prisoners in Maryland -- letter to James Freeman Clarke -- Freedman'sbureau -- emigration South -- letter to General Sherman -- Governor'sstaff -- Governor declines re-election -- Republican Convention -- Democratic Convention -- reception of the flags -- Forefathers' day -- speech ofGeneral Couch -- speech of Governor Andrew -- compliment to the Adjutant-General -- General Grant visits Massachusetts -- Mrs. Garrison Grayotis -- her services -- New-England women's Auxiliary Association -- Whatit did -- New-England rooms, New York -- Massachusetts soldiers' fund -- Boston soldiers' fund -- Surgeon-General's fund -- number of men sentfrom Massachusetts to the War -- Governor Andrew's valedictory address -- Governor Bullock inaugurated -- last military order -- close of the chapter.
The year 1865, the last of the war, opened auspiciously for the Union cause. A feeling of confidence that the war was soon to end appeared to inspire every loyal heart. Our soldiers on the march and in the trenches felt it; the farmer, as he drove his ‘team afield,’ felt it; the mechanic in the workshop, the lawyer in his study, the minister in the pulpit, and the capitalist in his banking-house, felt it. This general confidence and buoyant hope had their origin and their growth mainly in the fact of