Of the merits of this claim I have no right to express an opinion The facts are as I have stated. During these two years of war, very many cases have come under my observation of patriotic devotion to cause and country, and of sacrifices made without expectation of a money reward, of which Captain—'s case presents no approach. I know a respectable widow lady living in Harrison Avenue, whose five sons went out as privates in our regiments, two of whom have been killed, one severely wounded at Antietam; and when she came to see me, shortly after the battle, for assistance and direction to visit her son in the hospital, she did it with so much modesty that a stranger would have thought she was asking a great boon. In one-half the households in Massachusetts, more suffering and sacrifices have been made in this war than have been made by Captain—, or a majority of the men who come to the Legislature to get pay for some little camp duty, or get money because they failed to obtain a commission which they were not half as well qualified to hold as one-half the men who have been serving in the ranks of Massachusetts regiments, from Antietam to Baton Rouge, during the last twenty months, at thirteen dollars a month. Pardon me for entering upon a subject of which my heart is full.
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