others fast as possible; will help General Butler
to the utmost.’
On the 12th (next day), Mr. Cameron
telegraphed to the Governor
, ‘Despatch of yesterday received.
has done so well in all she has promised, that she shall not be disappointed in any thing she requires from the General Government
This was complimentary, but it was not an answer.
A few hours before the Governor
received this despatch from Mr. Cameron
, he received the following, dated New York, Sept. 11, from General Sherman
: ‘The object of my telegram of the 10th was to ascertain if there existed any possibility of being disappointed in the time when the troops would be prepared
Thus when General Sherman
was anxiously waiting in New York for the five regiments authorized to be raised for him in Massachusetts
, and when every possible effort was being made to complete them, the Secretary of War
wrote the following paper.
We do not know what to call it: it is not a letter, because it is addressed to no one; it is not an order, because it is not so designated, and bears no number.
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
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