They had enlisted as militia: they now pressed forward to the State
authorities to be accepted and organized as volunteers for three years. The Governor could not accept them; could not muster them; could not encourage them, further than with kind words, until answers were received from Washington
to messages which he had sent, asking that they might be accepted.
Days passed on: no requisitions came.
The companies held to their organizations; paraded the streets, partly for drill, but chiefly to pass the time, until information should come from Washington
, that their services would be accepted.
No orders came; delay and disappointment marked the hour; men could not understand why the Government
would not accept their services.
They pressed daily to the State House
; the Governor
wrote and telegraphed again and again to Washington
, beseeching the Secretary
to accept the services of men anxious to serve their country.
No answer came for more than a fortnight after the President
's call had been issued.
A letter from Secretary Cameron
was received by Governor Andrew
, on the 22d of May.
As a favor, Massachusetts
was allowed to furnish six regiments of three years men.
From among a number of letters written at this time, and upon this subject, we select the following, to Montgomery Blair