The brigade of nine months men was never accepted, although the regiments which composed General Davis
's command were recruited to the maximum, mustered in, and sent to the front.
What the Governor
said of General Davis
was just and true.
He was commissioned colonel of the Thirty-ninth Regiment, three years volunteers, Aug. 29, 1862, which joined the Army of the Potomac; and was killed in action, July 11, 1864.
On the 11th of August, after receiving the telegram above quoted, the Governor
wrote to President Lincoln
I can't get these regiments off, because I can't get quick, energetic work out of the United States disbursing officer and the paymaster.
I cannot start our men in violation of my authorized proclamation and promises.
Everybody here is alive; men swarm our camps; we will raise regiments, until you cry hold.
But why not turn over the funds to me, and we will disburse and account for them and stop delays.
On the 12th of August, the Governor
telegraphs the Secretary of War
The nine months regiments, which are organizing, will be put into camp at once, and under strict discipline.
May I go on, and make requisitions for quartermaster's and commissary's supplies, as for three years men?
Authority was given.
On the same, he writes to Brigadier-General Briggs
, who was in Boston
on wounded furlough,—
As you have expressed a wish to do some service for the State while waiting here, I ask you, as a great favor, to repair to Worcester to-morrow, to inspect the condition of the Thirty-sixth Regiment, and make a report to me as to its organization,—conferring with me and with the Adjutant-General before leaving.
Aug. 13.—Governor telegraphs Adjutant-General Thomas
, ‘Can the nine months militia of Massachusetts
be mustered in now, and as fast as they present themselves?
Please answer at once.’
Leave was only given to have them mustered in by full companies.
On the same day, he telegraphed to Assistant Adjutant-General Townsend
, ‘Please telegraph whether furloughs granted between July 31 ’