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, in part, been destroyed, and the engines and cars partially broken. After considerable delay, the track was relaid, and the engines and cars were put in order by the men of the Eighth. Many of them were mechanics, who had made locomotives and cars. On the 24th of April, the Eighth and the New-York Seventh marched twenty-two miles to the Junction. The heat was oppressive, and the men suffered for want of food. On arriving at the Junction, they dropped asleep. On the afternoon of Friday, April 26, the regiment arrived in Washington, eight days after its departure from Boston. The National Intelligencer the next morning, speaking of the Eighth, said, We doubt whether any other single regiment in the country could furnish such a ready contingent to reconstruct a steam-engine, lay a rail-track, and bend the sails of a man-of-war. General Butler remained behind at Annapolis in command of that important post. The hard labor of laying the railroad track, and repairing the locomot
ited-States Arsenal at Watertown, at our disposal for our men, and send immediately orders for that purpose? We shall be able to replace them at an early day, if it shall be necessary. Acknowledges the receipt of a letter from George T. Curtis, of New York, who had written to express his sincere appreciation of, and thanks for, his co-operation in all actions taken by the Commonwealth, and by himself as its chief magistrate, to maintain the integrity and supremacy of the Federal Union. April 26.—Governor writes to Commodore Hudson, Navy Yard, Charlestown, John M. Forbes is acting as agent for the Commonwealth in hitting up and preparing the Cambridge as an armed steamer for coast defence, and for the benefit of the common cause. Will you be good enough to oblige us with furnishing him with guns, armament, and ammunition he may need from the navy yard? Any aid you may give will serve the great object nearest the hearts of us all, and receive my lasting gratitude. To George S. Bo
where. Plenty of money, heaps of hearts ready and determined. I have got all the United States officials with us, and as many of the surgeons as we want. The community is with us, and we feel sure that we have the Almighty with us. About the middle of March, General McClellan began his movement against Richmond, by a change of base from before Washington to the James River. It was not until the middle of April that the Army of the Potomac was ready to advance. Yorktown was captured April 26; and the battle of Williamsburg was fought May 5, in which Hooker's brigade bore a conspicuous part, and the Massachusetts First and Eleventh Regiments suffered severely. From that time until the retreat of McClellan, in August, the Army of the Potomac stood with its face towards the rebel capital, every foot of its onward march contested by the rebels, and almost every mile of its advance a battle-field. Many of the Massachusetts dead were embalmed, and sent home to their relatives for
up under the guns of the rebel fortifications, a mile and a half in advance of other regiments, in a manner satisfactory to the brigade and division commanders. Having marched with Grover's division to Brashear City, it landed at Indian Bend, on Grand Lake, on the 13th of April; the advance meeting and driving before it a small force of the enemy. Encamped on Madam Porter's plantation. On the 15th, it started in pursuit of the enemy, marching to New Iberia in two days. From the 26th of April to the 21st of May, the regiment was employed at Barre's Landing in collecting and guarding corn, cotton, sugar, and molasses, guarding negroes, and loading and unloading boats at the landing. On the 19th of May, having been rejoined by the four companies left on provost duty at New Iberia, it commenced a return march to Brashear City, forming a portion of an escort for a five-mile negro and supply train. Having marched sixty-nine miles, in passing through Franklin and Centreville on
nd sent to the front— The Fifty-sixth, Colonel Charles E. Griswold, was organized at Readville, and left the State March 20. The Fifty-seventh, Colonel William F. Bartlett, was organized at Camp Wool, Worcester, and was sent forward April 18. The Fifty-eighth, nine companies, was recruited at Readville, and was sent to the front, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel John C. Whiton, April 28. The Fifty-ninth was recruited at Readville, by Colonel Jacob P. Gould. It left the State April 26. These regiments were ordered to the Army of the Potomac, and reported to Lieutenant-General Grant, only a few days previous to the advance of the army towards Richmond. They suffered severely in officers and men. Colonel Griswold, of the Fifty-sixth, was killed in the Wilderness. Lieutenant-Colonel Weld was taken prisoner. Colonel Gould, of the Fifty-ninth, was so severely wounded, as to cause amputation of the leg, of which he died. Lieutenant-Colonel Hodges was killed in the expl
oper occasion. The ceremonies were postponed as requested. The Adjutant-General was directed to issue an order for the firing of minute guns on Boston Common, and at Cambridge, near the State Arsenal, on the day of the funeral, which order was successfully obeyed. The Legislature of Massachusetts passed resolutions expressing the sorrow felt by our people on the death of the President, a copy of which Governor Andrew was requested to forward to Mrs. Lincoln, which he did on the 26th of April, in a letter of which the following is a copy:— Mrs. Mary Lincoln. Madam,—The resolutions of the General Court of this Commonwealth, an officially engrossed copy of which I herewith transmit, impose on me the mournful duty of forwarding such copy, as a token of the respect and regard entertained for yourself by the Legislature of Massachusetts. In this moment of your sorrow, when, in addition to the grief which the whole people of this country share with you, you bear, besides,