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[388] Underwood, is perfectly fit to command his regiment. He has been in service as captain in our Second, until he reached this lieutenant-colonelcy.

Colonel Maggi was not promoted; and he resigned the colonelcy of the Thirty-third Regiment April 1, 1863, and was not again in service.

Sixth, Colonel Burr Porter, of our Fortieth. He is a splendid soldier. I appointed him, as I have several others,—though not from Massachusetts,—because so able. He is recommended, I learn, by Governor Olden, with the understanding that he be changed to New Jersey, his own State. I wish he might be appointed, and, with his regiment, be sent to Texas. He would make a great fighting brigadier. He is magnetic, like Maggi. He was educated at a French military academy; was on Omar Pasha's staff in the Crimea, and served under Fremont in Virginia.

Colonel Porter was not appointed brigadier, and resigned as colonel of the Fortieth, July 21, 1863. He was afterwards appointed major in the First Battalion Frontier Cavalry, Jan. 1, 1865, and colonel Third Cavalry March 21, 1865, and discharged at expiration of service, July 21, 1865.

Seventh, Colonel, formerly Lieutenant-Colonel, George L. Andrews, of the Second Regiment. Educated at West Point; modest, firm, and methodical; a scholarly soldier, and an honest, faithful man. He is recommended by divers Boston gentlemen for a brigade, and he would be an excellent chief-of-staff for a major-general commanding an army corps.

Colonel Andrews was appointed brigadier before this letter was written; the date of his commission being Nov. 9, 1862.

Eighth, Colonel Timothy Ingraham, of the Thirty-eighth Regiment, would be an excellent brigadier. He is now acting as such. He is a most constant, trustworthy, and reliable man, conscientious, and “sure fire.”

Colonel Ingraham was detailed for a long time as provost-marshal at Washington, 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,

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