hich are now or may be on duty in this vicinity, do form ourselves into a society, to be called the Massachusetts Association.
This preamble expresses, in clear language, the object of the association.
This was the first organization of the kind formed in the war. The names of the original signers were Ben. Perley Poore, George W. McClellan, Charles F. Macdonald, Arthur W. Fletcher, Arnold Burgess Johnson, Ira Murdock, William Stimpson, I. O. Wilson, Nathan S. Lincoln, Edward Shaw, Henry O. Brigham, H. H. Pangborn, J. Wesley Jones, Z. K. Pangborn, Judson S. Brown, B. Fanuel Craig, B. W. Perkins.
The meeting for the choice of officers was held in the old Senate Chamber, in the Capitol.
George W. McClellan, Second Assistant Postmaster-General, was elected president; Z. K. Pangborn, vice-president; Charles F. Macdonald, surgeon and treasurer; and A. B. Johnson, secretary.
This society appointed Miss Lander, of Salem, to distribute proper articles for the sick and wounded.