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This great and interesting occasion was most admirably illustrated in a short poem, addressed to Governor Andrew, by a gentleman who signed himself ‘one of the First Massachusetts Cavalry.’ The author was Brigadier-General Horace Binney Sargent, who, at the commencement of Governor Andrew's administration, was chief of his personal staff, and who subsequently went to the war as lieutenant-colonel of the First Regiment Massachusetts Cavalry, was afterwards promoted colonel, and who was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers for brave and meritorious services in the field. In the latter part of July, Massachusetts was honored with a visit from General Grant and his staff. The Adjutant-General was detailed by Governor Andrew to meet General Grant at Albany, and present to him a written invitation to visit Boston, and to receive the honors and hospitality of the Commonwealth which his great services so well merited. On the 29th of July, the Adjutant-General met General Grant at Greenbush, opposite Albany, and presented to him the Governor's communication. The invitation expressed in it was accepted; and General Grant and staff proceeded immediately, by a special train, which was elaborately decorated, to Boston. The party reached Boston about seven o'clock in the evening. The crowd around the depot of the Worcester Railroad was immense, and the sidewalks of the streets through which the procession passed from there to the Revere House were crowded with interested and enthusiastic citizens. The escort duty was performed by the First Company of Cadets, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Holmes. The passage from Albany to Boston was an almost unbroken ovation of the people. Wherever the train stopped, immense crowds were there to welcome and cheer the commanding General. The next day being Sunday, General Grant and Governor Andrew, with their respective staffs, attended divine service at the Old South Church. Prayer was made by the venerable Dr.
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