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Ceremonies for delivering the colors of returned Massachusetts Volunteers to the state authorities. [Circular no. 3.]

Commonwealth of Massachusetts. State House, Boston, Dec. 19, 1865.
Composition of the column: Escort of Honor, Independent Corps of Cadets; Lieut.-Col. C. C. Holmes commanding. Maj.-Gen. D. N. Couch commanding. Staff of General commanding; Chief of Staff, Brig.-Gen. Edward W. Hinks.

Aids to General commanding: Col. A. F. Devereux, Col and Brevet Maj.-Gen. George N. Macy; Lieut-Col. Giles A. Rich; Maj. John B. Burt; Maj. James Brown; Capt. Augustus Crocker; Lieut. and Brevet Maj. Linus B. Comins, Jr.

Surgeon: Maj. Patrick A. O'Connell.

Aids to Chief of Staff: Capt. and Brevet Maj. J. H. Sleeper; Capt. and Brevet Col. William L. Palmer; Capt. Joseph J. Baker.

Brevet Col. Francis N. Clarke, Chief United States Mustering Officer. Staff of United States Mustering Officer: general and brevet general officers with their staffs, who are not assigned to commands, and general staff officers, mounted.

Brigade of Cavalry: Brig.-Gen. E. A. Wild commanding. Five regiments and one battalion of cavalry.

Division of Artillery: Brig. and Brevet Maj.-Gen. Joseph Hayes commanding. First Brigade, sixteen light batteries, Capt. and Brevet Col. Augustus P. Martin commanding. Second Brigade, four regiments and two battalions heavy artillery, Col. William S. King commanding.

Corps of Infantry: Brig. and Brevet Maj.-Gen. George H. Gordon commanding. First division, Brig.-Gen. Robert Cowdin commanding, regiments from 1 to 20 inclusive. Second division, Brig. and Brevet Maj.-Gen. Charles J. Paine commanding, regiments from 21 to 40 inclusive. Third division, Col. and Brevet Brig.-Gen. William S. Tilton commanding, regiments from 41 to 61 inclusive.

Route of march: From the Common to Tremont Street, to Hanover, to Blackstone, to Clinton, to Commercial, to State, to Washington, to Essex, to Harrison Avenue, to Dover, to Washington, to Union Park, to Tremont, to Pleasant, to Boylston, to Arlington, to Beacon, to the Common.

On the return of the column to the front of the State House the colors will be delivered to His Excellency Governor Andrew by Major-General Couch and Col. F. N. Clarke.

By command of Major-General Couch.

Edward W. Hinks, Chief of Staff.

On the day appointed the flags of the regiments were first formally handed over by Brevet Col. Francis N. Clarke, United States mustering

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