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[387] and Barnes are too proud and too modest to ask: I speak wholly self-moved.

Colonel Lee resigned, on account of severe illness, Dec. 17, 1862, and was brevetted brigadier-general for brave and meritorious services in the field.

Third, Colonel Edward F. Jones commanded the ‘old Sixth,’ of Baltimore memory; more recently, of the Twenty-sixth, under Butler. Returning from New Orleans very ill, recovered of typhoid, resigning his command, finding that his wife was also very ill,—now, after her death, which happened a week or so ago, he is ready for a brigade. He is a true, good, intelligent, capable, businesslike officer. He is a sagacious, determined man. I wish he might be appointed, and go to Banks to Texas.

Colonel Jones, although worthy of it, never received the appointment to which he was recommended.

Fourth, Colonel Edward W. Hinks, of the Nineteenth, formerly of the “old Eighth,” which repaired the railroad to Annapolis Junction in the spring of 1861, saved the “Constitution” frigate at Annapolis, and is now recovering from his wounds at Antietam, having been wounded, too, before Richmond. He is a young, brave, ardent, very devoted, natural soldier. He, too, ought to be promoted.

Colonel Hinks was appointed brigadier-general Nov. 29, 1862. He was afterwards brevetted major-general, and is now a lieutenant-colonel in the regular army.

Fifth, Albert C. Maggi, an Italian, about forty years old, now with General Sigel, saw fourteen years service abroad; was a major in Italy; fought under Garibaldi in South America, as well as in Italy; enlisted in the spring of 1861, at New Bedford (where he was teaching the classics, modern languages, and gymnastics), in our Third Regiment; went to Fortress Monroe; was, in succession, sergeant-major, adjutant of the Third, and acting brigade-major; when, after the three months expired, he, as lieutenant-colonel of the Twenty-first, led it in the battle of Roanoke Island, and, resigning, took the Thirty-third Regiment.

If General Sigel should require any additional brigadier, I cannot imagine a better one for foreign troops, or, since he speaks good English, even for native troops; and his lieutenant-colonel, Adin B.

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