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y of promotion, it is to be noticed that he received a medal of honor for distinguished gallantry in the battle of Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863, while holding with his command a line of abatis and riflepits against a strong force of the enemy until severely wounded, while colonel 61st New York Volunteers, commanding the line of skirmishers in front of the 1st Division, 2d Army Corps. Col. N. J. Hall, brigade commander, expresses acknowledgments to Lieutenant Ferris (19th Mass.) and Lieutenant McKay (20th Mass.) who volunteered, with twenty-five men from each regiment, to cross the river in boats and dislodge the enemy from riflepits that menaced the builders of a bridge, but their services were not finally needed, though the boats were made ready. Official War Records, 39, pp. 358-360. These represented, it will be remembered, the same regiments which did a like service at Fredericksburg. Colonel Blaisdell, with the 11th, was praised as usual. Official War Records, 39, pp.