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R. Urbino of Newtonville, who took a larger share than any one else in recruiting them, had offered to prepare a sketch for this narrative, but was prevented by death from fulfilling his purpose, and, though his papers relating to the subject have been placed in my hands, they are very scanty and fragmentary. The first two companies were formed in and near Boston, perhaps with some recruits brought from Germany. The company officers were, at first, German by birth or origin, except Lieut. J. W. LeBarnes, who was well known and popular among the German citizens of Boston, and had formed a German company for the defence of Wendell Phillips during the antislavery troubles just previous to the war. The companies (B and C of the 20th) were unfortunate in the loss of officers, Captain Babo and Lieutenant Wesselhoeft having been drowned at Ball's Bluff and Captain Dreher being severely wounded there and mortally at Fredericksburg. They were also in one respect peculiarly situated, form