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[478] and judiciously placed so as to command the front and rear entrances to the State House. The remainder of the company acted as infantry, doing guard duty and supporting the artillery.

Colonel Frankle, with his command, reached Boston from Readville, with great promptness, that evening; reported at the State House, and was directed to report to the Mayor of Boston, and to remain on duty until relieved by orders from headquarters.

Brigadier-General Peirce was ordered to take command of all the military forces, to report to and confer with the Mayor of Boston, and to aid and support the police in preserving the order of the city.

Company F, Fifth Regiment, Captain Charles Currier, at Medford, and Company B, of the same, at Somerville, Captain B. F. Parker, had tendered their services to maintain the peace, and were ordered to hold their men in readiness at their armories until relieved.

Several companies, known as Drill Clubs and Home Guards, among which were the Horse Guards of Roxbury, the Reserve Guards of Cambridge, First Battalion National Guards of Boston, Massachusetts Rifle Club, Boston, and the Reserve Guard, Roxbury, tendered their services, which were accepted.

Major Gordon, Eleventh United-States Infantry, in command of Fort Independence, came up with a company of his men, and offered the services of himself and command for any military duty.

Captain Whiton's Company of Heavy Artillery, Massachusetts Volunteers, on duty at Fort Independence, also came to the city; and upon representations made by Major Rodman, United-States Army, in command of the United-States Arsenal at Watertown, this company was forwarded at once for guard duty at that important post.

Captain Collins, Lieutenant McKibben, and other United-States officers at Boston, also tendered their assistance at any place, and in any position where they could be of use.

Surgeon-General William J. Dale also rendered valuable services by organizing a medical staff for the occasion, to take charge of whoever might be wounded or injured in the expected

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