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MASSACHUSETTS IN THE REBELLION.
Historical Position of the Commonwealth,
THE SERVICES OF THE LEADING STATESMEN, THE MILITARY,
THE COLLEGES, AND THE PEOPLE,
1869. ar. 9
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by
P. C. HEADLEY,
STEREOTYPED AND PRINTED BY GEO. C. RAXD & AVERY.
The historical position of Massachusetts, from her colonial days until now, is alone a sufficient reason for undertaking this work, offered to the public as a record of the part borne by the State in the suppression of the Great Rebellion.
There is another consideration, of some importance, which was not overlooked. It must be from local records of the popular support of the General Government in the contest, mainly, that the future historian will gather his materials for authentic and complete annals of the conflict. While the author is not a son of Massachusetts, but of New York, he confesses to an enthusiastic admiration of the Bay State and of New England, strengthened by domestic ties whose genealogical lines run back to the “ Mayflower.” He cannot be accused of the effort to parade the virtues and extol the deeds of the people of his native State ; a consideration which may entitle him to some confidence in the impartiality and truthfulness of design in preparing a narrative necessarily incomplete in many of its details.
To secure authentic materials, the request has been made, through the press and by correspondence, for information from officers and others upon the topics presented in these pages. In regard to the regiments and public men not heard from through officers and friends, the author was compelled to depend wholly upon the able reports of the Adjutant-General of the State, and such