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This document, in effect, gave General Butler authority over every new regiment raised, or to be raised, in New England. He was to have as many troops as he might ‘judge fit’ for his purpose; and what that purpose was no one except himself and Mr. Cameron knew. The document wholly ignored the Governors of the New-England States, the act of Congress already quoted, and, so far as this State was interested, the promise made to General Sherman that he should have three of the Massachusetts regiments then in course of formation. This was not all—indeed, it was only a small part—of the complicated, contradictory, and painfully embarrassing position under which this new state of things placed the Governor of Massachusetts. He had
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