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[435] seized the colors, and carried them in advance of the regiment. Shortly after, he was severely wounded in both arms, and fell forward, grasping the colors in his hand. They are now in the State House, stained with his blood. Both arms were amputated. He was sent to hospital, and recovered, and is now living at his home in Worcester County. His case was one of marked bravery. After his discharge, and on his return home, he staid a while at the New-England Rooms with Colonel Howe. On the sixteenth day of April, the Adjutant-General received a letter from James W. Hale, 76, Wall Street, New York, informing him that he had succeeded in raising several thousand dollars as a testimonial to Sergeant Plunkett, and requesting the Governor to make Sergeant Plunkett a captain. On the seventeenth day of April, the Adjutant-General wrote to Mr. Hale as follows:—

Your favor of the 16th instant I had the honor to receive this morning. Your labors in behalf of Sergeant Plunkett are worthy to be written in letters of gold. You have done a most noble work, and earned the heartfelt thanks of all good and patriotic men. May the blessings of Heaven fall daily upon you and yours! I referred your letter to His Excellency the Governor, who returned it to me with this indorsement:—

Respectfully returned to General Schouler, with my thanks for the favor of reading this letter. I beg, through General Schouler, to send my grateful acknowledgments to Mr. Hale, of his benevolent conduct and sympathetic recognition of the noble qualities of Sergeant Plunkett. May God bless him for his kind heart! and may brave men, in the day of the weakness of the flesh, ever find such friends and helpers!

J. A. Andrew. April 17, 1863.

In regard to your request to have Sergeant Plunkett made a captain, I beg respectfully to dissent from your view of the case. Were I he, I would rather live and be known as Sergeant Plunkett, of the Twenty-first Massachusetts Volunteers, who lost both his arms at the battle of Fredericksburg when acting as color-sergeant, and whose bravery in action had received from strangers such recognition as you have shown, than to be made a field-marshal. I merely give this as my own impression. What course His Excellency may take in regard to your suggestion, I have not yet been informed. Please accept my

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