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Collection Reference Number GLC00633.01
From Archive Folder Speech given to the Putnam Phalanx accompanied by transmittal letter, for presentation at the 1864 Soldiers' Sanitary Fair 
Title Address delivered to the Putnam Phalanx in praise of volunteer militia
Date ca. 1862
Author Everett, Edward (1794-1865)  
Document Type Government document
Content Description Welcomes the Putnam Phalanx, from Hartford, Connecticut, to Boston. Offers words of praise regarding volunteer militia groups, discussing their historical significance and the involvement of George Washington and John Adams in implementing the militia system. Credits the volunteers for eliminating the need for a gigantic standing army. Commends the "Yeoman soldier, who never looked back but once, after putting his hand to the plough, & that was when he left it in the furrow, at the tidings of Lexington & Concord."
Subjects Militia  President  Military History  Standing Army  Revolutionary War  Lexington and Concord  
People Everett, Edward (1794-1865)  Adams, John (1735-1826)  Putnam Phalanx (fl. 1858)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme The American Revolution; Government & Politics
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Everett served as Governor of Massachusetts 1836-1840, Secretary of State 1852-1853, and United States Senator 1853-1854. The Putnam Phalanx was organized in 1858 to welcome home former Connecticut Governor Thomas H. Seymour on his return from Russia and is noted for its adoption of old Continental uniform.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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