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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Speech given to the Putnam Phalanx accompanied by transmittal letter, for presentation at the 1864 Soldiers' Sanitary Fair
|Address delivered to the Putnam Phalanx in praise of volunteer militia
|Everett, Edward (1794-1865)
|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."
|Militia President Military History Standing Army Revolutionary War Lexington and Concord
|Everett, Edward (1794-1865) Adams, John (1735-1826) Putnam Phalanx (fl. 1858) Washington, George (1732-1799)
|The American Revolution; Government & Politics
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
|Copy of a speech delivered to the Putnam Phalanx