In nearly every instance, the application was signed by the requisite number of men for a company.
These applications came from every part of the Commonwealth
, and represented all classes, creeds, and nationalities.
The authorities of the several cities and towns acted with patriotic liberality toward these companies, furnishing good accommodations for drilling, and providing for the families of the men.’
In the aggregate, they numbered full ten thousand men, eager for orders to march.
Drill companies were also formed of men past the military age, and of citizens who desired to learn the manual of arms.
To these companies two thousand seven hundred old muskets were loaned by the State
Most of these new militia companies were organized between April 13 and the 4th of May.
Numerous letters, offering pecuniary aid to soldiers' families, were received by the Governor
and the Adjutant-General
, of Boston
, sent his check for ten thousand dollars; Otis Norcross
, of Boston
, sent his for five hundred; Gardner Brewer
, also of Boston
, offered the State
ten thousand dollars; and many other gifts, of less amount, were received.
The Boston Banks offered to loan the State
three million six hundred thousand dollars, without any security for repayment, but faith in the honor of the Legislature, when it should meet.
They also offered the Secretary of the Treasury
to take Treasury notes to the full extent of their power.
The banks in other parts of the State
made offers of loans equally generous, according to their capital.
Gentlemen of the learned professions showed the same liberal and patriotic spirit.
Dr. George H. Lyman
, who was afterwards medical inspector in the United-States Army, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, had, in anticipation of civil war, prepared himself, by a study of rules and regulations of the medical department of the army, for the expected emergency.
Therefore, on the call for troops, he tendered his services to the Governor
, to prepare medicine chests
, and act as medical purveyor in fitting out the regiments.
Dr. William J. Dale
writes thus: ‘On the sixteenth day of April, 1861, I was called from my professional pursuits, by Governor Andrew
, to assist Dr. George H. Lyman
in furnishing ’