merchant of this city.
The letter had been inclosed in one which he had received from Colonel Wyman
It was a tender of his services to the Governor
of his native State, in any military capacity he might be pleased to place him. Before any action was taken upon the matter, Colonel Wyman
arrived in Boston
, and reported at the State House
He was a true Union man, and anxiously desired to serve his country.
As before stated, he was killed before Richmond
, June 30, 1862.
No one in command of a regiment of Massachusetts
, in so short a time, made himself more beloved by his officers and men, or exhibited higher military qualities, than Colonel Wyman
He was a modest, quiet, and reserved gentleman.
He possessed the qualities of kindness and firmness in a high degree.
He was of light frame, of middle age, had a pleasant, thoughtful face, a fine-formed head, and a warm, generous heart.
There is not an officer or soldier remaining of the original Sixteenth Regiment who does not speak of him with an affectionate regard, surpassing ordinary respect; and many have said, that, if he had lived, he would have commanded the Army of the Potomac before the close of the war.
continued independent recruiting until two regiments of infantry, three companies of cavalry, and a company of light artillery, were raised by him in Massachusetts
, notwithstanding the law gave to the Governor
the exclusive right to organize regiments, and to commission the officers.
The controversy lasted four months. The Governor had given General Butler
the Twenty-sixth and the Twenty-eighth Regiments, which was the full proportion of this State, for his expedition.
The troops raised by General Butler
were sent from the State
without commissioned officers, without rolls being deposited in the Adjutant-General
's office, and without the knowledge of the Executive
; all of which was against orders, good policy, and statute law. In the mean time, Massachusetts
had sent forward to the front eight full regiments, besides many recruits for old regiments.
The Governor had written of late frequently to the War Department about General Butler
's course, but received no satisfactory answer.
On the 21st of December, he enclosed copies of the entire correspondence up to that date to