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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 2: Harper's Ferry and Maryland Heights—Darnstown, Maryland.--Muddy Branch and Seneca Creek on the Potomac—Winter quarters at Frederick, Md. (search)
promotion as second lieutenants, the action of his Excellency in this matter was entirely acceptable to me so long as I remained Colonel of the Second Massachusetts Regiment; indeed, save that Mr. Stephen M. Weld, of West Roxbury, on the 26th of December, 1861, made application to me to nominate for a commission in my regiment his son, Stephen M. Weld, Jr., adding, that before applying to the Governor of Massachusetts for a commission he would like to know that such appointment would be agreeabse, and so it was ordered; but not so obeyed. My remonstrance, in a letter to the MajorGeneral commanding, sets forth my feelings; policy should not overthrow principle if it could be avoided. Acknowledging the order, I added, under date of Dec. 26, 1861: The soldier is in my guard-tent, charged with a violation of the forty-sixth article of war; no evidence having been submitted to a court-martial, guilt or innocence cannot be affirmed. I have examined the case, and am satisfied that