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n, and brevetted brigadier-general Oct. 2, 1865. Ninth, I wish Major-General Hooker might be appealed to for his opinion of the propriety of nominating Colonel George D. Wells, of the Thirty-fourth, until lately lieutenant-colonel of the First, for brigadier. I have heard General Hooker call Wells a remarkable soldier. Nor can I doubt that General Hooker, under whom, first as brigadier, and afterwards general of a division, the First Massachusetts served for nearly one year; and General Grover, who succeeded to the command of Hooker's brigade, would unite in emphasizing my suggestion. I would also refer to Colonel Blaisdell of our Eleventh, Colonel Wilde, and Lieutenant-Colonel Carruth of our Thirty-fifth, who served in the First Brigade, with and under Colonel Wells. Colonel Wells was killed in action, Oct. 13, 1864, and was brevetted brigadier-general after his death. He was one of the best and bravest officers that went from Massachusetts into the war. Tenth, We
y Creek, near Port Hudson, and laid a bridge two hundred and eighty feet long, under a hot fire from the guns of the fort and the rebel sharpshooters. After the occupation of Port Hudson, they proceeded to Donaldsville in an expedition under General Grover, where they laid a bridge two hundred and eighty feet long across Bayou Lafourche. On the 5th of April, Lieutenant-Colonel Stedman was placed in command of all the stations on Bayous Gentilly and St. John, Lakeport, and the bayous dependeade a reconnoissance in the direction of Port Hudson, marching up under the guns of the rebel fortifications, a mile and a half in advance of other regiments, in a manner satisfactory to the brigade and division commanders. Having marched with Grover's division to Brashear City, it landed at Indian Bend, on Grand Lake, on the 13th of April; the advance meeting and driving before it a small force of the enemy. Encamped on Madam Porter's plantation. On the 15th, it started in pursuit of the