in the State
In the case of General Butler
, whatever may be thought of his original authority to recruit six regiments of infantry in New England
, it is clear that it was modified, and made to conform to the law of Congress, by subsequent orders of the War Department,—that he was to report to the Governor
, and the regiments, so far as Massachusetts
was concerned in raising them, were to be raised, organized, and officered as the Governor
Two regiments were a liberal portion for Massachusetts
to raise of the six authorized to be raised for his command.
The Governor promised the President
and Secretary of War
to aid in their completion to the extent of his ability; but, having given his promise first to General Sherman
to furnish certain regiments for him, he asked that his promise to General Sherman
should be fulfilled before undertaking to recruit new regiments for General Butler
In part fulfilment of this qualified promise, however, he designated the Twenty-sixth Regiment, then nearly completed, and the Twenty-eighth Regiment, when completed, to form the contingent of Massachusetts
for General Butler
Notwithstanding this, General Butler
proceeded to recruit two new regiments of infantry, three new companies of cavalry, and one new company of artillery, in this State.
He established a camp in Lowell
, and another in Pittsfield
He promised persons commissions, which no one could issue but the Governor
; he appointed recruiting officers, and enlisted men, and, in so doing, wholly ignored the act of Congress, and the orders and authority of the Governor
The Governor had either to succumb or resist; to sink the Commander-in-chief
of the State
and become a mere recruiting officer, to issue commissions to men whom he did not know or respect, or to sustain the whole dignity of his position as a magistrate, and his honor as a gentleman.
Those who knew Governor Andrew
can feel no doubt as to the course he would pursue in such an exigency.
Without any of the pride which mere place sometimes gives, without any of the arrogance which power sometimes nourishes, without desire of self-aggrandizement or unmerited personal favor, with an entire absence of that ‘insolence of office’ which weak men