- The campaign of 1862 -- meeting of the Legislature -- Ex-Governor Cliffordelected President of the Senate -- his speech -- Alexander H. Bullock electedSpeaker of the House -- speech of Mr. Bullock -- of Caleb Cushing -- proceedings of the Legislature -- Abstracts of military laws passed -- Massachusetts prisoners in Richmond -- clothing sent -- letter from Adjutant Pierson -- expedition of General Burnside -- capture of Roanoke Island -- Massachusetts troops First to land -- care of the sick and wounded -- Dr.Hitchcock sent on -- the wounded in New York -- Colonel Frank E. Howe -- establishment of the New-England rooms -- care of the sick andWounded -- the Army of the Potomac -- the wounded at Williamsburg -- letters of Colonel Howe -- every assistance given -- the agencies of theState for the care of the men -- the office in Washington -- Colonel Gardinertufts, Mrs. Jennie L. Thomas, Robert C. Carson, William Robinson, appointedAgents -- visits of the Adjutant-General, Colonel Ritchie, and Colonel Johnq. Adams, to the front -- report to the Governor -- the appearance ofWashington -- reports of Edward S. Rand and Dr. Bowditch -- First Massachusetts Cavalry at Hilton Head -- our troops in North Carolina -- appointment of allotment commissioners -- their valuable services -- letters ofthe Governor -- rule for making appointments -- illegal recruiting -- Coloneldudley -- Thirtieth Regiment -- captured rebel flags -- death and Burialof General Lander -- letters of Governor to Secretary of War -- Secretaryof the Navy -- to the President on various subjects -- letter to Generalburnside -- Secretary Chase -- the retreat of General Banks -- great excitement -- troops sent forward -- Militia called out -- the position of our regiments -- the War in earnest.
At the close of the year 1861 and the beginning of 1862, Massachusetts had filled every demand made upon her for troops, and most of them had been sent to the front. The Twenty-eighth, Thirtieth, and Thirty-first Regiments, nearly recruited to the maximum, were yet in camp; but they were sent forward in January and February, 1862. Massachusetts regiments and batteries were in front of Washington and at Fortress Monroe; five regiments were at Annapolis, ready to embark in General Burnside's expedition against North Carolina. One regiment and a battery were at Ship Island, in Mississippi, waiting orders from General Butler. In the Army of the Potomac, we were