Boston, September 7, 1861.
MY DEAR SIR: I replied to your favor by telegraph, but have been too busy at work in aid of troops for your movement to write a letter. I have visited General Sherman about it during the past week. We are raising five new regiments, all of which I mean Sherman shall have if you will get an order from the War Department to send them to him. I hope we shall have most of them recruited this moth, if not all of them.
JOHN A. ANDREW.
(The above was returned with the following indorsement.)
Respectfully submitted to the War Department.
SEPTEMBER 10, 1861.
Let this be done.
Secretary of War.
I send you the order you desire.
WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,
New York, September 9, 1861.
His Excellency JOHN A. ANDREWS,
Governor of Massachusetts, Boston:
SIR: The public interest requires that the remaining troops for this expedition assemble here at the very earliest day practicable. * * *
I have the honor to remain Your Excellency's most obedient servant,
T. W. SHERMAN,
September 10, 1861.
Major General B. F. Butler is hereby authorized to raise, organize, arm, uniform, and equip a volunteer force for the war, in the New England States, not exceeding six regiments of the maximum standard, of such arms and in such proportions and in such manner as he may judge expedient; and for this purpose his orders and requisitions on the Quartermaster's, Ordnance, and other staff departments of the Army are to be obeyed and answered, provided the cost of such recruitment, armament, and equipment does not exceed, the aggregate, that of like troops now or hereafter raised for the service of the United States.
Secretary of War.
Boston, September 11, 1861.
Brigadier General THOMAS W. SHERMAN,
GENERAL: His Excellency Governor Andrew directs me to say that * * * the new regiments are going forward toward completion very rapidly. General Wilson has about 900 men in camp to-day, and the other regiments are being recruited in such manner as to give promise