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staff of Governor Banks. He remained on the staff of Governor Andrew until he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the First Regiment of Massachusetts Cavalry, in August, 1861, when Colonel Ritchie became senior aid, and John Quincy Adams, of Quincy, was appointed to fill the vacancy. Massachusetts was represented in the Thirty-sixth Congress, which ended March 4, 1861, by Charles Sumner and Henry Wilson, in the Senate, and by Thomas D. Elliot, James Buffinton, Charles Francis Adams, Alexa suspension of the rules. The communication of the Adjutant-General was taken from the table, and referred to the Joint Standing Committee on the Militia. In the House, the Militia Bill was discussed. Several amendments were offered by Mr. Quincy, of Boston, which were lost. The substitute offered by Mr. Durfee, of New Bedford, was also voted down; and the bill in the draft offered by Mr. Banfield, of West Roxbury, was ordered to be engrossed. Mr. Parker, of Worcester, moved to reco
The field and staff officers of the Fourth Regiment were Abner B. Packard, of Quincy, colonel; Hawkes Fearing, Jr., of Hingham, lieutenant-colonel; Horace O. Whittemore, of Boston, major; Henry Walker, of Quincy, adjutant; William H. Carruth, of Boston, quartermaster; Henry M. Saville, of Quincy, surgeon; William L. Faxon, of QuQuincy, surgeon; William L. Faxon, of Quincy, surgeon's mate; Alvin E. Hall, of Foxborough, sergeant-major; and George W. Barnes, of Plymouth, quartermaster-sergeant. Company A, Union Light Guards, CantoQuincy, surgeon's mate; Alvin E. Hall, of Foxborough, sergeant-major; and George W. Barnes, of Plymouth, quartermaster-sergeant. Company A, Union Light Guards, Canton. Officers: Ira Drake, of Stoughton, captain; Henry U. Morse and Walter Cameron, of Canton, lieutenants. At this time, Lieutenant Cameron was in New Orleans; and JA. Harrington, lieutenants,—all of Taunton. Company H, Hancock Light Guards, Quincy. Officers: Franklin Curtis, captain; Edward A. Spear and Benjamin F. Meservey, idgewater, surgeon's mate; Benjamin F. De Costa, of Charlestown, chaplain; Henry A. Quincy, of Charlestown, sergeant-major; Charles Foster, of Charlestown, drum-majo
to await orders from the Adjutant-General of the United States. The regiment remained at Annapolis until the close of the year. The First Light Battery was recruited at Camp Cameron, Cambridge, by Captain Josiah Porter, assisted by William H. McCartney, Jacob H. Sleeper, Jacob Federhen, and Robert L. Sawin, of Boston, who were severally commissioned lieutenants. The battery left the State on the 3d of October, 1861, for Washington. The Second Battery was recruited at Camp Wollaston, Quincy, and left for Washington, on the eighth day of August, 1861. Its officers were Ormond F. Nims, Boston, captain; John W. Wolcott, Roxbury, first lieutenant; George G. Trull of Boston, Richard B. Hall of Boston, second lieutenants. The Third Battery was recruited at Lynnfield, by Captain Dexter H. Follett, and was temporarily attached to the Twenty-second Regiment, and left the State on the seventh day of October, 1861. Its officers were Dexter H. Follett, Boston, captain: Augustus P. Mar
ngress,— The gentlemen said to have been designated by the President, as allotment-commissioners for Massachusetts troops, have received no notice of their appointment. Will you ascertain why, and see that notice is immediately forwarded? Telegraph, if you succeed. Feb. 20.—The Governor's private secretary, Colonel Browne, writes to Colonel Dudley,— Governor Andrew directs me to inclose to you the within photographic likeness of the young gentleman, Mr. Joseph W. Morton, of Quincy, of whom he spoke to you, and who is acting as a noncom-missioned officer in the Thirtieth Regiment. He hopes you may find him qualified to be recommended for appointment to a first or second lieutenancy: He is represented to be a person of careful education, extensive travel, and general capacity. It is proper to state here, that the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Regiments of Infantry, recruited by General Butler in this Commonwealth, and originally designated by him as the Eastern and W<
brigadier-general. This remarkable letter concludes as follows:— I beg leave to add that all these views are my own, unsuggested save by the accumulated knowledge of careful pains taken in appointing, and keeping up my acquaintance with our officers, and impelled by my zeal for the cause, and the honor of my State. I trust my fulness and freedom may receive your pardon. The changes and additions to the Governor's staff in the year 1862 were as follows:— John Quincy Adams, of Quincy, was appointed aide-de-camp, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, Jan. 4, 1862, to supply the vacancy occasioned by the appointment of Horace Binney Sargent as lieutenant-colonel of the First Regiment Massachusetts Cavalry. Harrison Ritchie became senior aide, with rank of colonel. Charles F. Blake, of Boston, was appointed assistant quartermaster-general, with the rank of major, Aug. 7, 1862. The duty of Major Blake was to return to their regiments the men who were reported deserters.