It was not the people on the other side of the water who were to blame, but the people on this side, who authorized the raising of battalions that, if they knew anything, they knew could not remain as embodied battalions after they went overseas. They selected men-I am glad to say most of them their friends, but men generally of character and standing- authorized them to raise battalions, gave them to believe that they would serve over-
seas as officers of those battalions. I myself heard a Lieut.-Colonel appeal for recruits on the ground that he could assure the relatives of the men who would join his battalion that he would be in a position to see that they got justice wherever they went.
Subtopic: CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.