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c during the war. The lieutenant-colonel was Charles E. Griswold, of Boston, who was afterwards colonel of the Fifty-sixth Regiment, and was killed in the Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864. The major was William S. Tilton, of Boston, who afterwards became colonel, and, for brave and meritorious services in the field, was commissioned by the President brigadier-general of volunteers. The Twenty-third Regiment was recruited at Lynnfield, and left the State for Annapolis, on the 11th of November, 1861. The Twenty-third was one of the five regiments of General Burnside's special command. The field officers were Colonel John Kurtz, of Boston, who commanded a company in the Thirteenth Regiment. The lieutenant-colonel was Henry Merritt, of Salem, who was killed in battle in North Carolina, March 14, 1862. The major was Andrew Elwell, of Gloucester, who was afterwards commissioned colonel. The Twenty-fourth Regiment was known as the New-England Guards Regiment. It was recruite
ral Butler, made immediate answer Nov. 11,— If the Governor will authorize two regiments—the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth—to be organized by General Butler, with a veto power upon General Butler's selection of improper persons as officers, General Butler will accept the Twenty-eighth as one of them. This in answer to a communication of to-day to the Assistant Adjutant-General, who is absent. The following note closed the correspondence:— Adjutant-General's office, Boston, Nov. 11, 1861. To Joseph M. Bell, Esq., acting Aide-de-camp to Major-General Butler. Sir,—Your letter of this date has been received. The proposition is respectfully declined. Your obedient servant, William Schouler, Adjutant-General. The Twenty-eighth Regiment consequently never became a part of Major-General Butler's command. When organized, it was sent to South Carolina, and was subsequently transferred to the Army of the Potomac. In the foregoing pages, we have endeavored to