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The escort will be performed by the 1st Co. of Cadets, Lieutenant-Colonel Holmes commanding, who will report to Brevet Colonel Clarke, at his headquarters, at 11 o'clock A. M., when the line of march will be taken up.

All general, regimental and company officers, and past general, regimental and company officers of Massachusetts, and especially all officers and past officers, and all non-commissioned officers and privates of the several organizations named above, are invited to take part in the ceremony and join in the procession. The officers will, as far as practicable, detail a color-guard for the colors of their respective late commands. The original date of muster — in of each command will govern its place in the procession. Officers and enlisted men, as far as practicable, will appear in uniform.

For further orders and information apply to the Adjutant-General of the Commonwealth.

By order of His Excellency John A. Andrew, Governor and Commander-in-Chief.

William Schouler, Adjutant-General.

[General order no. 19.]

Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Headquarters, Boston, Dec. 13, 1865.
It having been represented at these headquarters that the Massachusetts regiments and companies which had filled their allotted terms of service in the field prior to May 15, 1865, the colors of which are deposited in the State House, desire to take part in the flag reception on the 22d instant, referred to in General Order No. 18, current series, the Commander-in-Chief most cordially complies with their wishes. The colors of these organizations will be handed them on the morning of the 22d, upon proper requisition. They are to be returned at the close of the services.

Maj.-Gen. Darius N. Couch of Taunton, ranking officer of volunteers in Massachusetts, has been invited to take command of the troops. Should he decline, Brevet Maj.-Gen. George H. Gordon of Boston, next in rank, will take command. The commanding general will arrange details.

By order of His Excellency John A. Andrew, Governor and Commander-in-Chief.

William Schouler, Adjutant-General.

The procession was duly formed on December 22, under the immediate direction of Maj.-Gen. Edward W. Hinks (afterwards Hincks), chief of staff, under the following order—

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