The Tenth Regiment was recruited in the five western counties, and had its camp near the city of Springfield
, until it was fully organized.
The Eleventh Regiment was recruited in Boston
and vicinity by Colonel Clark
, and was placed at Fort Warren
, where it was recruited to the full standard, and mustered into the service.
These regiments completed the quota under the first requisition of the Secretary of War
When leave was given to send forward ten more regiments spoken of in the letter of General Walbridge
to Governor Andrew
, measures were taken immediately to consolidate the companies in different parts of the State
The first of these was the Twelfth Regiment, which was always familiarly known as the Webster Regiment
, because it was recruited and organized by Colonel Fletcher Webster
, who held command of it until he was killed at the second battle of Bull Run
, Aug. 30, 1862.
He fell gallantly at the head of his regiment, for ‘Liberty and Union, now and for ever, one and inseparable.’
The Twelfth Regiment was recruited and organized at Fort Warren
It left Boston
, July 23, 1861.
The Thirteenth Regiment was recruited at Fort Independence
The Fourth Battalion of Rifles formed the nucleus of this regiment.
It had been ordered, on the 25th of June, to garrison the fort; and, while upon that duty, it was recruited to a full regiment of three years volunteers.
Major Samuel H. Leonard
commanded the Fourth Battalion; and he was commissioned the colonel of the Thirteenth, the regiment having been recruited by him. It left the State
for the front on the 30th day of July, 1861, and was stationed during the year on the line of the Potomac
The Fourteenth Regiment was recruited by Colonel William B. Greene
, a graduate of West Point
, at Fort Warren
He was in Paris
with his family when the Rebellion
broke out, and immediately returned to his native State, and tendered his services to the Governor
On the 25th of June, he was placed in command of the regiment at Fort Warren
, and left Boston
with his command on the 7th of August, 1861, for Washington
This regiment was afterwards changed to heavy artillery, and during the war was known as the First Regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery.