was received in response to the call, and forwarded without delay to the front.
The Governor telegraphs to the Secretary of War
, ‘Shall Wilson
's regiment go to Old Point
Comfort by sea from New York, as General Sherman
requests by telegram just received?’
The same day, he telegraphs to General Scott
, ‘A sufficient guard shall be placed at Fort Warren
at any moment we are directed.
If a force specially organized shall not be ready at that time, the Cadets, who constitute the Governor
's bodyguard, will act in the mean while.’
The same day, he telegraphs to General Sherman
, at New York, ‘Wilson
's regiment starts to-morrow for Washington
He is directed to see you in New York, and take such other orders as may be given.’
A sworn statement having been forwarded to the Governor
, making serious charges against the quartermaster of the Fifteenth Regiment, the Governor
sent it to Colonel Devens
, with directions to make an investigation of the charges.
In the letter, he says, ‘I am determined that no dishonest officer shall hold a commission for any length of time, after the full proof is furnished to me which establishes his guilt; and I feel quite sure, that, in this view of my official duties, I shall have your hearty support and co-operation.’
The charges were not sustained.
The Governor, at this time, visited Washington
, where he had gone to arrange about the payment of Massachusetts
claims, and did not return until the twenty-second day of October.
He was successful in making arrangements for payment.
Oct. 23.—The Governor writes to Hon. David Sears
, of Boston
, thanking him for his offer to place the large hall in Liberty-tree Block at the disposal of the Executive
, as a place of deposit for articles for the soldiers.
The battle of Ball's Bluff was fought Oct. 21.
The Fifteenth and Twentieth Massachusetts Regiments were engaged in it. They behaved with great gallantry, and suffered severely, especially the Twentieth.
On the 25th, Lieutenant-Colonel Palfrey
telegraphed, ‘Colonel Lee
, Major Revere
, Adjutant Peirson
, Dr. Revere
, and Lieutenant Perry
, prisoners; Lieutenants