were quartered, had each its living mass of excited spectators.
Every train which arrived at Boston
brought in relatives, friends, and townsmen of the soldiers, to say a kind word at parting, to assure them that their families would be well cared for while they were absent, and to add to the general enthusiasm and excitement of the occasion.
During the entire week, wagons were bringing in, from the State Arsenal at Cambridge
, clothing, arms, ammunition, and other munitions of war, to be deposited, prior to distribution, in Faneuil Hall and the State House
On Saturday, the 13th of April, two days prior to the call for troops, the Adjutant-General
, by direction of the Governor
, had written to the Secretary of War
, asking the privilege of drawing, from the United-States Armory at Springfield
, two thousand rifled muskets in advance of the annual quota becoming due; also urging the President
to order two regiments of volunteers to garrison Fort Warren
and Fort Independence
in Boston harbor
, to be there drilled and exercised, until called by the President
for active service in the field.
Neither request was granted.
While the troops ordered out were getting to Boston
with all diligence, and making ready for instant departure, another telegram was received (April 16) from Senator Wilson
, stating that Massachusetts
was to furnish immediately four regiments, to be commanded by a brigadier-general; on receipt of which, orders were issued for the Fifth Regiment to report, and, on the 17th, Brigadier-General Benjamin F. Butler
was detailed to command the troops.
By six o'clock on the afternoon of the 16th, the Third, Fourth, and Sixth Regiments were ready to start.
The headquarters of the Third was in the hall over the Old-Colony Railroad Depot; that of the Fourth at Faneuil Hall; that of the Sixth in the armory of the Second and Fourth Battalions, at Boylston Hall, over the Boylston Market
While these regiments were getting ready, offers to raise new companies of militia came from all parts of the State
, in his Report for 1861, says, ‘From the 13th of April to the 20th of May, one hundred and fifty-nine applications were granted to responsible parties for leave to ’