Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Henry Warren Howe
The proper title for Mr. Howe's work is:
Passages from the Life of Henry Warren Howe: Consisting of Diary and Letter Written During the Civil War, 1861-1865. A Condensed History of the Thirtieth Massachusetts Regiment an its Flags, together with the Genealogies of the Different Branches of the Family. And for those of you that would like to see a digital copy of the book and read it for yourself, you can find it here: http://books.google.com/books?id=KIYvAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false
It is from this volume that I will be taking direct quotes quite extensively for about the next four years (note the diary etc... runs out before the regiment itself is actually mustered out of service). I will most likely pull quotes from Howe's diary in their entirety. Howe's letters home sometimes offer a great deal more details than his letters do, but there is also some personal information that may not help with the history of the regiment. In those cases, I will only include the information that I feel is useful. Anything that I leave out can still be found within the pages of his book offered on Google Books, and also in other locations.
So now for the first of Howe's diary entries concerning the formation of the 30th Mass. or EBS Regiment.
September 20, 1861
Friday. I opened a recruiting office at "25 Merrimack Street." The General has orders to raise troops in the New England States for an expedition somewhere. Our recruits rendezvous at Camp Chase. The E. B. S. Regiment was mustered into service at Camp Chase, Lowell Mass., December 31, 1861, by Captain Ames, U. S. A.