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[613] killed or died in the military service from Massachusetts was four hundred and forty-two; and the number of enlisted men was twelve thousand five hundred and thirty-four. This is as near as can be ascertained, up to the present time. The number of officers and men who were wounded, and lost limbs in the service, and who are seen in the daily walks of life going quietly about their business, or modestly pacing our streets, has not been accurately ascertained; but it is fair to state, that they outnumber in a large degree those who fell in battle, or died of starvation and of hope deferred in the prison-houses of the South.

Several acts were passed by the Legislature during the session, in relation to our soldiers, which were chiefly amendatory of acts passed in previous years, of which it is not necessary or important to give even an abstract. Every thing had been done which the wise foresight of a generous Commonwealth for the encouragement of enlistments, a tender regard for the interests of our soldiers, and those depending on them for support, made necessary and expedient. This, however, did not prevent the Governor from doing what was in his power for the brave men who had served their country.

On the 6th of January, the day after the Governor had delivered his annual address, he caused General Order No. 1 to be issued, which set forth that—

Disabled officers and men of our army have difficulty, upon their return to civil life, in finding employment for their support; many being prevented by wounds or sickness from resuming their former occupations. These cases are of painful frequency, and have caused much anxious thought to devise some method of aiding to place them in positions where such labor as they are still capable of performing may, with their Government pensions, render them independent.

The order then goes on to state that a registry of the names of the disabled officers and men should be kept in the office of the surgeon-general, so that any person having at his disposal a situation which might be filled by one of these disabled men might consult it, and give the place to such a one as he might prefer. This was called the ‘Bureau of Military Employment,’

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