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[381] under command of Colonel George H. Peirson, for Newbern, N. C., with orders to report for duty to Major-General Foster.

The Sixth Regiment, the same which had fought its way through Baltimore, April 19, 1861, was recruited and organized for the nine months service at ‘Camp Henry Wilson,’ at Lowell. It was the determination of the Governor to have the Sixth Regiment the first to leave the State for the nine months service. It received orders to report at Washington, and left Massachusetts under command of Colonel Albert S. Follansbee about Sept. 1. It remained in Washington until the 13th, when it was ordered to Suffolk, Va.

The Eighth Regiment served with distinction in the three months service. It opened the route by Annapolis to Washington. It was recruited to the maximum for the nine months service at ‘Camp Lander,’ at Wenham. It sailed from Boston on the seventh day of November, under the command of Colonel Frederick J. Coffin, for Newbern, N. C., with orders to report for duty to Major-General Foster.

The Forty-second Regiment was recruited for nine months service at ‘Camp Meigs,’ at Readville. The nucleus of this regiment was the Second Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. It was assigned to the Department of the Gulf, and left Massachusetts Nov. 19, with orders to report to General Banks in New York. It remained in camp at Long Island until about the first day of December, when it sailed from New York for New Orleans under command of Colonel Isaac S. Burrill.

The Forty-third Regiment was recruited at ‘Camp Meigs,’ at Readville. It was recruited chiefly through the Second Battalion, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, with which organization a portion of the officers had been connected. On the twenty-fourth day of October, it went on board transports, together with the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Regiments, with orders to report to Major-General Foster at Newbern, N. C. The regiment was commanded by Colonel Charles L. Holbrook. While these three regiments were on the transports in Boston Harbor, a very severe easterly storm came on, which detained

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