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Doc. 72.--the Eighth Regiment of Massachusetts.

The staff officers of the Regiment are as follows:

Timothy Monroe of Lynn, Colonel; Edward W. Hinks of Lynn, Lieutenant-Colonel; Andrew Elwell of Gloucester, Major; C. M. Merritt of Lynn, Sergeant-Major; E. A. Ingalls of Lynn, Quartermaster; H. E. Monroe of Lynn, Quartermaster's Sergeant; R. G. Asher of Lynn, Paymaster; Dr. B. B. Breed of Lynn, Surgeon; Warren Tapley of Lynn, Surgeon's Mate; John T. Cole of Lynn, Regiment Clerk.

On the route of the Regiment at the Jersey City depot, an affecting incident occurred. Col. Monroe being loudly called for, appeared, surrounded by Gen. Butler, Quartermaster-General John Moran, Col. Hinks, and the rest of the staff. A. W. Griswold, Esq., a prominent member of the New York bar, stepped forward, holding in his hand a magnificent silk flag, mounted on a massive hickory staff. He addressed the commandant of the 8th Regiment as follows:

Col. Monroe--Sir, you. are from Massachusetts; “God bless you!” Her sons everywhere are proud of her history, and, while her armies are commanded by such officers as are now at their head, we have faith in her future. As a son of Massachusetts, I beg to present this standard as a token of my appreciation of the cause in which you are engaged. I confide it to your keeping. “Stand by it.”

Col. Monroe responded with the following appropriate and eloquent remarks;

“As a son of Massachusetts, I receive it from a son of her soil, and I will defend it, ‘ God help me.’ ”

The cheering which followed was deafening--nine cheers were proposed and given for the flag, and at that moment 800 hardy troops, just arrived from the sacred precincts of Bunker Hill, vowed solemnly to defend that flag with their lives and honor. [82]

The flag is made of silk; heavy crimson tassels hanging from the spear of the staff.--Tribune, April 20.

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