and also vouching for the general fitness of the latter for his position as chaplain." Later, at the execution, the public address was delivered by Mr. McKnight, this being the prisoner's request.
When the Nation began its great Civil war, the current of Christ Church life was diverted from its accustomed channel, for Springfield became, at once, the scene of military activities. "The Tenth Massachusetts Volunteers," was one of the first enlisted. It encamped on Hampden Park and was reviewed by Governor Andrew and staff July 10, 1861. There was also Camp Reed, situated about a mile east of the Armory.
Mrs. James Barnes, wife of General Barnes, was the leader of the women organized to perform the war duties that always fall to their lot,—making hospital supplies, meeting the trains with a bit of cheering refreshment for the passing soldiers, and caring for the sick and wounded when the boys came home. The ladies of Springfield at the time of Governor Andrew's visit, presented the regiment with an unusually beautiful stand of colors national and regimental, Mrs. Barnes making the presentation speech.
At the beginning of the war the ladies of Springfield met at the City Hall, and "each church, in turn selected from its number those who served as an executive committee." Christ Church elected the following committee: Mrs. Elisha Gunn, Mrs. Connor, Miss Sophia Clary, Mrs. J.D. Brewer.
There is no available list of Christ Church boys who fought as privates during the Civil War, but the names of some of her members who paid the supreme sacrifice are, no doubt, inscribed on that splendid monument on Court Square, presented by the late Mr. Gurdon Bill. Let us speak of three brave officers.
General Robert E. Clary fought in the Civil War from 1861 to 1865. A brother of General Clary was with Commodore Perry, when he opened Japan. A grand-niece married the English poet, Alfred Noyes. General Clary was not a communicant, but he attended Christ Church, and his family, especially