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[111] distance from the camps. Sanitary orders were issued for the better care of the health of the men. They were forbidden to fry fresh beef as was the custom in cold weather. Sick and wounded men who were restored to duty arrived nearly every day at the camp and every effort was made to place the Army in condition to renew the offensive.

On July 9, Lieut. Col. Devereux sent the following letter to Governor Andrew.

Headquarters 19TH Mass. Vols., in camp near Harrison Landing, Va. July 9TH, 1862.
To his Excellency, John A. Andrew, Governor of Massachusetts.
Governor:

Having received from General Headquarters a circular desiring all regimental commanders to nominate such enlisted men of their commands as have exhibited unusual good conduct during the retreat of the Army from Fair Oaks, for positions as ‘Acting Officers’ until such time as the Governors of the several states shall grant them full commissions, I have the pleasure of sending forward the following names—

Sergt. Maj. Edgar M. Newcomb, who fearlessly exposed himself to rally the ranks broken by the tremendous volleys the regiment had to encounter in the fight at Nelson's Farm, to be Second Lieutenant.

First Sergt. William R. Driver, for like conduct in same battle, to be Second Lieutenant.

First Sergt. J. G. B. Adams, for his coolness and bravery in the affair before Fair Oaks on June 25th and in the separate encounters in the retreat from the entrenchments at Fair Oaks to this point, to be Second Lieutenant.

Sergt. Frederick Crofts, for his gallant conduct when wounded, rendering able assistance in rallying his own and another company in the fight at Nelson's Farm, to be Second Lieutenant.

The regiment now numbers 527 ready for duty, but all are more or less exhausted.


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