my dear Sir,—I owe you my sincere thanks in acknowledgment of your gift to me of so significant a memorial of the war as Lee's order, which you have sent me. I prize it highly, and shall cause it to be framed, and hung in my library.General Russell was born in Boston, and was a captain in the Eleventh Infantry, U. S.A., and had risen from that position, by his bravery and military capacity during the war, to the rank of brevet brigadier-general, and had command of a brigade in the Ninth Corps. We knew him well, and a braver and a better soldier ‘none in Christendom gives out.’ He was in fifty battles, and was wounded twice; the last wound he received was at the explosion in the mine. He came out of the war with high honors and in good health, but died, a few months after peace had been established, in Cincinnati, of Asiatic cholera. We referred to General Russell, and the hearty welcome we received from him, in the report which we made to the Governor of our visit to the front in the autumn of 1864, published in a preceding chapter. On the 17th of June, the monument erected in the city of Lowell to commemorate the stirring events which transpired in the city of Baltimore on the memorable 19th of April, 1861, and in honor of the first martyrs in the Rebellion, who fell in that city, was inaugurated. The occasion was one of great interest. The Governor and staff, the heads of the different State departments, the Executive Council, the members of the two branches of the Legislature, were all invited to be present, and most of them were in attendance. The Governor was to deliver the address. In Lowell, the mills were all closed, and every department of business suspended. A procession was formed, made up of the different Masonic bodies, Odd Fellows, and other charitable organizations, and the different trades, and marched through the various streets, escorted by a company of cavalry and the old Sixth Regiment of infantry. The address of the Governor was delivered from the balcony
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