In addition to the agencies established by the Governor
to guard the rights and protect the suffering soldiers of Massachusetts
, members of his staff, at various times, were sent to the front to look after them, to report their condition, and ascertain if any thing could be done by the State
to render them more comfortable.
The Governor also frequently visited the Massachusetts
regiments, and made himself personally acquainted with their condition.
During the year 1862, which was one of much disaster and suffering, the Adjutant-General
, Colonel Ritchie
, Colonel John Q. Adams
, and Dr. Bowditch
, were sent to the front and visited our men, and reported to the Governor
all matters of interest in relation to them.
An abstract of these reports we now present.
on the 21st of January.
He remained in New York one day, and visited the Twenty-eighth Regiment, which was in the old fort on Governor's Island
, New-York Harbor.
The cold and gloomy casemates, in which they were quartered, and the badly provided commissariat, caused much suffering and discontent among the men. He hurried on to Washington
that night, and the next morning, accompanied by Senator Wilson
, called at the War Department, and had an interview with Adjutant-General Thomas
, and acquainted him with the condition of the regiment.
The latter promised to lay the subject before the Secretary of War
says, ‘I waited three days before I could see him again; and it was not until I received your Excellency
's letter, inclosing a copy of a letter from Captain Barrett
complaining of the treatment of this regiment, that I was enabled, with Senator Wilson
's assistance, to have action taken by the War Department. Secretary Stanton
issued orders immediately, by telegraph, to the commander of the fort and to the colonel of the regiment, which I subsequently ascertained were of great service in obtaining the necessary comforts for the men. On my return to New York, a fortnight after, I found the regiment in good condition.’
The Twenty-eighth sailed, on the 16th of February, from New York, to join General Sherman
at Port Royal, S. C.
The Fifth Battery was encamped on Capitol Hill
, and had