a letter dated April 19, Headquarters Army of the Potomac, addressed to Colonel Lyman
by his commanding general:—
In parting with you after an association of over twenty months, during which time you have served on my staff, I feel it due to you to express my high sense of the assistance I have received from you, and to bear testimony to the zeal, energy, and gallantry you have displayed in the discharge of your duties.
Be assured I shall ever preserve the liveliest remembrance of our intercourse; and, wherever our separate futures may take us, I shall ever have a deep interest in your welfare and happiness, which, by the blessing of God, I trust may be long continued.
On the 10th of November, the Governor
addressed a letter to Colonel Lyman
on the occasion of his resigning his commission as assistant adjutant-general, from which we make the following extract:—
The meritorious and successful manner in which you performed your duties as a volunteer staff-officer attached to the commanding general of the Army of the Potomac during your leave of absence from Massachusetts, having frequently been brought to my attention, as well by the emphatic and personal mention thereof by Major-General Meade, U. S. A., as by correspondence, I desire to express to you my warm, cordial, thanks, as commander-in-chief of the militia of this Commonwealth, for the valuable services you have rendered your country on the field, while at the same time reflecting honor by your intelligence, gallantry, and soldierly qualities, through your whole career of honorable actual service, upon the militia of Massachusetts, and the staff of its commander-in-chief.
Soon after Maryland
had adopted the amendment to the Constitution
abolishing slavery in that State, Governor Andrew
actively engaged, by correspondence and otherwise, to have all persons who were imprisoned in that State for the crime of aiding the escape of slaves pardoned.
We find upon his files a number of letters upon this subject addressed to W. G. Snethen
, of Baltimore
, and others.
From one of these letters, dated Oct. 6, we make the following extract:—
Another point to which I wish to call your attention is the fact that there are at present a number of men, say ten or twelve, confined in the Maryland Penitentiary, for violation of the old slave law of that