them, and, on the 19th day of July, telegraphed to Hon. John S. Carlisle
, of Wheeling
, that they had been forwarded, consigned to Thomas Hemlock, collector of the customs at that place.
July 25.—The Governor telegraphed to Colonel Dalton
, at Washington
, to find out whether a ‘company of sharpshooters, for one year or the war, would be accepted,—to be raised in four divisions of twenty-five men each, with four lieutenants and four sergeants.
They should have twenty-five dollars a month.
Their rifles will cost one hundred dollars each: will the Government
pay for them?’
July 27.—The Governor telegraphed to Colonel Dalton
, ‘See Frederick W. Lander
, who is reported to be with McClellan
; offer him the command of the Seventeenth Regiment, encamped at Lynnfield
Definite and final answer immediately desired.’
July 30.—The Governor telegraphed to General Wilson
, United States Senate, ‘I will give Governor S. an Essex regiment, if you are sure of your man. If you say that you are sure, telegraph reply and send him on immediately.’
This had reference to Governor Stevens
, who was a Senator in Congress from Oregon
, a man of Massachusetts
birth, and an experienced officer.
The doubt expressed by Governor Andrew
in the despatch arose from the fact that Governor Stevens
had supported John C. Breckenridge
in the presidential election.
From some cause unknown to the writer, Governor Stevens
was not commissioned at this time.
He was afterwards commissioned colonel of the Seventy-ninth Regiment, New-York Volunteers, and was killed in the second battle of Bull Run
Aug. 1.—The Governor writes to General Ripley
, chief of Ordnance Bureau, that the Massachusetts
regiments, armed with the Enfield rifles, want an additional supply of ammunition; and he wishes to know whether the Government
‘does not intend to supply suitable ammunition; if not, what arrangements it is desirable for Massachusetts
Aug. 2.—The Governor telegraphs to Senator Wilson
, at Washington
, ‘Has any provision been made for half-pay to ’