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, Who spake unto Gideon: “Rend the curtains of Midian, From Heshbon to Dor!” From green-covered Chalgrave, from Naseby and Marston, Rich with the blood of the Earnest and True, The war-cry of Freedom, resounding, bath passed on The wings of two centuries, and come down to you: “Forward! to glory ye, Though the road gory be! Strong of arm! let your story be, And swift to pursue!” List! list! to the time-honored voices that loudly Speak from our Mother-land o'er the sad waves,-- From Hampden's dead lips, and from Cromwell's, who proudly Called freemen to palaces — tyrants to graves: “Sons of the Good and Pure! Let not their blood endure The attaint of a brood impure Of cowards and slaves!” And old Massachusetts' hills echo the burden: “Sons of the Pure-in-heart, never give o'er! Though blood flow in rivers, and death be the guerdon, All the sharper your swords be — death welcome the more! Swear ye to sheathe your swords Not, till the heathen hordes On their crave
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Springfield, (search)
Springfield, A city and county seat of Hampden county, Mass., 98 miles west of Boston; contains several villages; has trolley connection with near-by cities and towns; is widely noted as the seat of the United States Armory, the most extensive fire-arms manufactory in the country; and has extensive manufactures of cotton and woollen goods, machinery, railroad cars, iron bridges, and locomotives. It was organized as a town May 14, 1636, having been settled by a party from Roxbury, and for several years it was uncertain whether it belonged to Massachusetts or Connecticut. Population in 1890, 44,179; 1900, 62,059.
lic speech, were fired with eloquence. A general camp of rendezvous was established in the city of Worcester, and named Camp Wool, in honor of the veteran, Major-General Wool. To this camp all recruits from the counties of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester, were sent. The old camp at Lynnfield was continued, and designated Camp Stanton, which served as the general rendezvous of recruits from the counties of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Nantucketty-fourth day of October, under command of Colonel Charles R. Codman, with orders to proceed to Newbern, N. C. This is one of the regiments that were detained in Boston Harbor by the storm. The Forty-sixth Regiment was recruited chiefly in Hampden County, at Camp N. P. Banks, in the vicinity of Springfield. It sailed from Boston, under command of Colonel George Bowler, for Newbern, N. C. This was one of the three regiments detained in Boston Harbor by the storm before referred to. The For
its, and which deprives them of the liberality which the Secretary of War and the laws of Congress gave to all recruits under the call of the President, of Oct. 17, 1863. The city of Springfield has to furnish, as her quota of the present call, 476 men. It is a large number for so small a city, especially when we take into consideration the many men for the service which that patriotic city has already furnished. The men composing this company are represented to be of the best stock in Hampden County. They have enlisted for three years to fight, they care not where. They cannot understand, nor can any of us, why they should be placed outside the pale of congressional law and the general orders of the War Department. They enlisted to go forth to the front, with their lives in their hands, to yield them up, if it be so decreed, in any of the conflicts with the enemies of the Union. These brave and gallant men still adhere to their original design; and I received a telegram from Spr
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 1: introductory and explanatory. (search)
of treasure which a great war entails upon a community engaged in it. In more than nine-tenths of the towns no military organizations had existed for at least thirty years; and, at the time of the first call for troops, the whole available military force of the Commonwealth was less than six thousand men, and those were chiefly in the large cities and towns on the seaboard counties. The volunteer, organized militia, in the great central county of Worcester, and the four western counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire, did not exceed one thousand men; and in the counties of Barnstable, Nantucket, and Dukes, there was not a solitary company or a military organization of any description. At the commencement of the war, no one, however wise, was farseeing enough to foretell with any degree of accuracy its probable duration, much less its extent and magnitude. A general impression prevailed that it would not extend beyond the year in which it commenced. The utmost li
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 3: Berkshire County. (search)
Chapter 3: Berkshire County. Berkshire is the most westerly county in the Commonwealth. It is bounded north by Bennington County, Vermont; west by Rensselaer and Columbia Counties, New York; south by Litchfield County, Connecticut; and east by Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties, Massachusetts. In parts it is rough and hilly, but has many beautiful and picturesque streams and valleys. The Housatonic and Hoosick are its chief rivers; the former empties into Long Island Sound, and the latter into the Hudson River. The Hoosack and Greylock, which are partly in the town of Adams, are its chief mountains. Under the former, a tunnel for a railroad, four miles in length, is being made; and the latter is the highest land in Massachusetts. Its largest towns are Pittsfield, the county-seat; and Adams, in which there are many large and flourishing manufactories. The largest portion of the people, however, are agriculturists. The Boston and Albany Railroad passes through the ce
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 6: Essex County. (search)
oxes of supplies valued at eight hundred dollars: we also sent another box to the Nineteenth Regiment. During 1863 we sent barrels of clothing, boxes of books, and supplies for the Sanitary and Christian Commissions, amounting in value to about three hundred and fifty dollars. During the year 1864 we sent about twenty barrels, boxes, and packages, which were equally distributed to the Sanitary and Christian Commissions, to Surgeon-General Dale, and to Mrs. Mary B. Dully for the hospital at Hampden, Virginia, value in all about four hundred and eighty dollars; also, fifty dollars in cash to the Christian Commission. We also sent in 1865 about ten barrels to those various points valued at three hundred and fifty dollars. The total, as near as can be ascertained, is about twenty-five hundred dollars. Contributions were made by other societies to the amount of about two hundred dollars. Gloucester Incorporated May 22, 1639. Population in 1860, 10,904; in 1865, 11,938. Valuation
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 8: Hampden County. (search)
Chapter 8: Hampden County. This county is bounded north by Hampshire County, east by Worcester County, south by Tolland and Hartford Counties, Connecticut, and west by the county of Berkshire. The Connecticut River passes from north to south through the centre of the county. Springfield, the shire town, is one of the most beautiful and enterprising cities in the Commonwealth. The Boston and Albany, and several other railroads, centre there. The United-States arsenal, for the manufacture of fire-arms, is located in Springfield. The Springfield Daily Republican has a national reputation for ability and enterprise. Some parts of the county are mountainous, but the principal part of it is rather undulating than hilly. The occupations of the people are farming and manufacturing, and altogether it is one of the most thriving and intelligent counties in the Commonwealth. The population of the county in 1860 was 57,866, in 1865 it was 64,438, which is an increase in five years
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 15: Worcester County. (search)
Chapter 15: Worcester County. This is the most central, and in territory the largest county in the Commonwealth. It crosses from New Hampshire on the north to the States of Rhode Island and Connecticut on the south; on the west it is bounded by the counties of Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden; and on the east by Middlesex and Franklin. Worcester County contains fifty-seven towns, and one city,—Worcester. The soil is generally good; its surface is undulating and hilly; Wachusett Mountain is its highest elevation. The population of the county in 1860 was 159,650; in 1865 it was 162,923, being an increase in five years of 3,273. The population in 1870 was 192,718, being an increase since 1865 of 29,795. The valuation of the county in 1860 was $75,412,160; in 1865 it was $80,857,766, being an increase in five years of $5,445,606. According to the returns made by the selectmen of the towns and the mayor of Worcester in 1866, the whole number of men which the county furnished
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 2, The old South meeting House (1876). (search)
successful struggle the race has ever made for the liberties of man. You spend half a million for a schoolhouse. What school so eloquent to educate citizens as these walls? Napoleon turned his Simplon road aside to save a tree Caesar had once mentioned. Won't you turn a street or spare a quarter of an acre to remind boys what sort of men their fathers were? Think twice before you touch these walls. We are only the world's trustees. The Old South no more belongs to us than Luther's, or Hampden's, or Brutus's name does to Germany, England, or Rome. Each and all are held in trust as torchlight guides and inspiration for any man struggling for justice, and ready to die for the truth. I went to Chicago more than twenty years ago; and they showed me the log-house, thirty feet square and twenty feet high, in which the first officer of the United States, the first white man, lived, where now are half a million of human beings. There it nestled amid spacious inns, costly warehouses,
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