Gen. Cowdin and the First Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers

Author: Robert Cowdin
Published: 1864
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,185 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.9
LoC Category: E
Downloads: 446
Added to site: 2010.07.13 28428
Genre: History

At the urgent and repeated solicitations of many friends, I have finally consented to give to the public a few statements concerning the treatment which I have received from a few high official dignitaries, representing the State of Massachusetts. I do not wish to be egotistical or extravagant in my expressions, but to state the facts simply as they are, leaving the public to decide whether one who has sacrificed his business, the comforts and pleasures of home, and friends, for the defence of his country, has deserved such unkind and ungenerous usage.

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owing reasons:--

He is the senior officer of the Brigade.

He displayed great courage while in command of his Regiment, in the skirmish at Bull Run, on the 18th of July, 1861.

He was the first Colonel in the United States to tender a Regiment for three years, already armed and equipped for the field, to the Government, at the hour of its greatest peril, and his promotion will place Lieut.-Col. D. G. Wells, an officer of uncommon merit, in command of his Regiment. Very respectfully,

Your obt. servant, JOSEPH HOOKER, Brigadier-General, commanding Division.

"Official Copy," WM. H. LAWRENCE, Aid-de-Camp.

I was told by General Hooker that General McClellan had informed him that any one he should recommend for Brigadier-General should be appointed, and that I might expect mine in the course of ten days. It so happened that Gov. Andrew in a few days after made it convenient to be in Washington; and there was a prevalent rumor in camp at that time that he was

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