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Chapter 9:

  • The military condition
  • -- reverses and successes of the Union arms -- service and return home of the nine months regiments -- list of casualties -- deserters -- the July riot in Boston -- prompt action -- an abstract ofthe orders -- alarm in other cities -- the attack in Cooper Street -- Theeleventh Battery -- the word to fire -- the riot suppressed -- the draft -- appointment of Provost-marshals -- the Fifty-fifth colored Regiment -- letters from Secretary Stanton -- injustice to the colored troops -- Lettersof the Governor on the subject -- difficulties with the draft -- Major Blakesent to Washington -- request to allow bounties to drafted men refused -- John M. Forbes in Washington -- letters to the Governor -- Heavy Ordnance -- Colonel Lowell -- the attack on Wagner -- death of Colonel Shaw -- instances of bravery on the part of colored troops -- letters to Generaldix -- troops for coast defence -- Governor writes to Governor of Ohio -- formation of veteran Regiment -- Massachusetts Militia -- letters to Colonel Lee -- colored Cavalry -- letter of Secretary Stanton -- Confidentialletter on the exposed condition of the coast -- telegraph Communicationwith the forts -- letters to Senator Sumner -- exact condition of the defences -- letter of the Adjutant-General -- reports of General William Raymond Lee -- Colonel Ritchie sent to England -- Democratic State Convention -- Republican State Convention -- re-election of Governor Andrew -- the President calls for three hundred thousand more Volunteers -- extra session of the Legislature called -- Governor's address -- bounties increased -- abstract of laws.

The preceding chapter brought the record of the State, as it relates to the military correspondence of the Governor and the departments, to July 1, 1863. Before proceeding farther, we propose to briefly sketch the military operations in the several departments from Jan. 1 to July 1, and particularly in regard to the nine months regiments, the services they performed, and their return home at the expiration of their terms of service. General Banks was in command of the Department of the Gulf; General Hooker, of the Army of the Potomac; and General Foster, of North Carolina. All of the nine months regiments, except the Sixth, were in the Departments of the Gulf and North Carolina. The Sixth Regiment

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