, Thomas O'Neil
, and Maurice Melvin
, lieutenants,—all of Worcester
Company D, Boston
. Officers: Albert Dodd
, captain; Charles Dodd
, Cornelius G. Atwood
, George A. Hicks
, and Joseph Nason
, lieutenants,—all of Boston
Company D was raised in Boston
on the morning of the 19th of April, by the gentlemen who were afterwards commissioned its officers.
It was attached to the Third Battalion, and left Boston
in the steamer Cambridge
on the 2d of May for Fortress Monroe
, and from thence by the Potomac River
The vessel sailed from Boston
with sealed instructions, which were not opened until outside of Boston Light.
In these instructions to Captain Dodd
, the Adjutant-General
says, ‘It is the earnest desire of His Excellency
the Commanderin-chief, that the ship “Cambridge
” shall reach Washington
, and demonstrate that a Massachusetts ship, manned with Massachusetts
men, shall be the first ship to arrive by that route, as our Sixth Regiment was the first to arrive at Washington
, through the hostile city of Baltimore
’ arrived safely with the company, and was the first that reached Washington
by the Potomac River
After remaining in Washington
twelve days, the command was sent to Fort McHenry
, Baltimore harbor, and joined the Battalion.
The Third Battalion completed the number of three-months men called for by the Government
, which consisted of five regiments, one battalion, and one battery.
By the constitution and laws of Massachusetts
, company officers were elected by the men composing the company, regimental officers by the commissioned officers of companies, brigadier-generals by the regimental field-officers of the brigade, and major-generals by the Legislature.
The General Statutes of the Commonwealth
allowed four lieutenants to each infantry company.
In the regular army, only two lieutenants were allowed to a company of infantry.
The reader will have observed that some of the companies in the regiments forwarded to the front had two, some three, and some four lieutenants.
This was permitted by our laws.
The extra lieutenants belonging to the two regiments sent to Fortress Monroe