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[79] First Lieut. John Hodges, Jr., resigned and left the regiment and the command of the company devolved for some time upon Second Lieut. Elisha A. Hinks. Lieutenant Hodges soon became the Major of the Fiftieth Massachusetts regiment. When he left the company, he was presented with a purse of gold and with this he purchased a sword and scabbard, suitably engraved with the names of the givers.

Colonel Hinks sent the following explanatory letter from the field:

Fair Oaks battlefield, Va., June 18, 1862.
To his Excellency, John A. Andrews, Governor and Commander-In-Chief.
Governor:

The colors of my regiment are much worn and especially the State Color is so much dilapitated as to be entirely unfit for service. I request to be furnished with a new one, that the one I have may be returned to the State. It has never been dishonored and has successively waved at Washington, Baltimore, Harper's Ferry, Charlestown, Harrison Island, Edward's Ferry, Yorktown, West Point, and Fair Oaks and was the first to flaunt in the faces of the foes at Yorktown on the 7th of April on a reconnoisance as well as the first to be flung from the rebel works on the 4th of May, where it, together with its fellow stars and stripes, was placed upon a redoubt in the interior of the enemy's works before 5 o'clock A. M.

E. W. Hinks, Colonel 19th Mass. Vols.

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