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from the front of . . . their comrades. Page 41. This was done to some extent in the Department of the South, but the defeat at Olustee hardly vindicated the policy. The Confederates had always the immense advantage of interior lines, and also of keeping their numbers unknown, while those of the Union forces were more difficult to conceal. Massachusetts was well represented by twelve regiments in the expedition under General Foster, in December, 1862, to Kinston, Whitehall and Goldsborough, N. C., although the actual losses were not heavy. Of this affair, Col. Horace C. Lee, commanding brigade, says in his report: The old regiments in my brigade, the 25th and 27th, sustained their previously well-earned reputation. The new regiments, 3d, 5th and 46th, did nobly, marching up steadily, and finely maintaining their line and position without flinching. Official War Records, XVIII, 87. The reports of all the Massachusetts commanders will be found in this volume. A medal of h