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e execution of the laws of the United States, defend the Union, protect national property; and, to this end, the State cheerfully tenders her entire means, civil and military, to enable him to do so. This was referred to the Committee on Federal Relations. Jan. 12. Mr. Slocum, of Grafton, offered a resolution, directing the Committee on the Militia to inquire whether the militia laws of this State were in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the United States. In the Senate, Jan. 14, the Committee on the Militia reported a bill of three sections to increase the volunteer force, which was discussed on the 15th and 16th, and finally recommitted to the committee, together with all the amendments that had been proposed. On the same day (14th), Mr. George T. Davis, of Greenfield, introduced a bill to prevent hostile invasions of other States; the purpose of which was to prevent, by fine and imprisonment, persons who should set on foot any unlawful scheme, military or nav
s reported from the Committee on the Militia, granting State aid to the families of the volunteers in the regiments raised in this State by General Butler. An attempt was made to suspend the rules and pass the bill through its several readings, but did not prevail. In the House.—On motion of Mr. Davis, of Plymouth, it was ordered, that the Governor be requested to communicate to the House the correspondence relating to the recruiting of troops in this Commonwealth by General Butler. Jan. 14. In the Senate.—The bill to give aid to the families of volunteers recruited in this State by General Butler was passed to be engrossed. In the House.—Mr. Roberts, of Lakeville, offered an order, directing the Committee on the Militia to consider the expediency of making certain amendments to the State-aid law of 1861. The Senate bill to give aid to families, &c., was passed through its various stages, under a suspension of the rules. Jan. 17. In the Senate.—On motion of Mr. North
ts soldiers. An act approved March 12, authorized cities and towns to raise money by taxation for the support of the families of deceased soldiers; also, families of soldiers discharged for disability. An act approved April 21, authorized the formation of volunteer companies for military service, to be composed of men over forty-five years of age, who were to be called the State Guard, and be uniformed, armed, and equipped as a majority of each company might decide. On the fourteenth day of January, the Governor wrote to Thomas D. Eliot, requesting him to forward a copy of the President's message, with the accompanying reports of the Secretaries, and adds,— When you see or write to your brother, the Rev. Dr. Eliot, of St. Louis, pray give him my respects, and tell him that the subscription for the Western Sanitary Commission is doing quite well. I saw the book a few days ago, when our Lieutenant-Governor, two Councillors, and a member of my staff, who were present, pu
igade commander for its bravery in tearing up the railroad track while under fire, and its steadiness in supporting Belger's and Morrison's Batteries while repelling the brilliant charge of the rebels under General Pettigrew, and also for its coolness while recrossing the creek, which had been flooded by the rebels. Though it was under fire several hours during the day, its only loss was six men wounded. On the 30th December, the regiment was attached to General Heckman's brigade. On Jan. 14, it was attached to Colonel J. Jourdan's brigade, with which it remained during the remainder of its term of service. On the 26th, it moved to Camp Jourdan, near Fort Totten, one of the most important points in the defences of Newbern. On March 6, the regiment went with General Prince's division on an expedition into Jones and Onslow Counties, occupying five days, during which it was detailed with other troops twice for important detached service. On the 8th of April, it joined a co
hall have seen Colonel Fry and the Secretary of War. Please give your earliest attention to this subject. William Schouler, Adjutant-General. On this letter the Governor, in his own handwriting, made the following indorsement:— Read, approved, and the attention of Messrs. Alley and Dawes is specially called to this matter. All such affairs are immensely injurious to recruiting, and bring the service into popular disrepute. The following letter to William Stowe, Springfield, Jan. 14, by the Adjutant-General, gives the result of this correspondence. I am sorry to inform you that the Secretary of War will not change his decision. His Excellency received a telegram half an hour ago from Hon. John B. Alley, in which he says the Secretary will not allow the bounty to the recruits for the two companies of heavy artillery. I wish to know whether the men will stick, and run the risk of getting the bounty hereafter, which I have no doubt will be eventually allowed; and,
The order then goes on to state that a registry of the names of the disabled officers and men should be kept in the office of the surgeon-general, so that any person having at his disposal a situation which might be filled by one of these disabled men might consult it, and give the place to such a one as he might prefer. This was called the Bureau of Military Employment, which, through the active exertions of Surgeon-General Dale, was the means of doing incalculable good. On the 14th of January, the Governor wrote to the President recommending the appointment to the office of second assistant Secretary of War—an office which had just been created by an act of Congress—Brigadier-General Horace Binney Sargent. In doing so, he paid the following well-merited compliment to that brave and gallant officer:— He was, said the Governor, originally a member of our bar, of the best education and culture, and became, on my accession to office, my senior aide-de-camp, helping to ina<