, and to Yorktown
Allotments were made by the First, Second, Seventh, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth, Twentieth, Twenty-second, and Thirty-second Regiments, and the Third and Fifth Light Batteries, and, subsequently, by the Thirty-third, Thirty-fourth, Thirty-seventh, Thirty-ninth, and Forty-first Regiments, and the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Light Batteries; at a still later period, allotment rolls were made up for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Forty-third, Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, Forty-seventh, Forty-eighth, Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, Fifty-second, Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth, and Fifty-fifth Regiments,—making, in all, forty-one different organizations which were visited, either in the field, or at the camps at home, before the men were sent forward.
The Legislature of Massachusetts passed an act, March 11, 1862, to carry out more perfectly the system of payments.
Mr. J. P. Wainwright
, as a volunteer agent of the commissioners, aided in getting the soldiers to make allotments, and, in the fulfilment of this work, visited the Massachusetts
regiments in the Department of the Gulf.
Communications were made by the commissioners to the officers of the Massachusetts
regiments, pressing upon them the advantages, to the soldiers and to their families, of the system.
No allotments were received, however, from regiments not visited, except, in a solitary case, of the Twenty-fourth,—Colonel Stevenson
Much of the success in securing allotments in regiments depended upon the interest felt, and the encouragement given, by its officers.
For instance, in one company, containing eighty-three men, seventy-four, following the example of a worthy captain, allotted a portion of their pay; and thirty-three of these, mostly young men, placed it in the State Treasury
on interest, subject, at any time, to their order, properly approved by the commanding officer
of their company; and two regiments allotted about seven thousand five hundred dollars a month each.
The allotment system was simply this: The sums allotted were deducted by the paymaster on each pay-day, and forwarded to the State Treasurer
for distribution, or by separate checks to