To His Excellency John A. Andrew, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,—. . . . . . I have already forwarded through the military channels a list of officers and soldiers who were distinguished for gallantry and good conduct, recommending them for promotion, and I would again commend to your excellency, Col. Lee of the Twentieth, Col. Hinks of the Nineteenth, Lieut. Col. Kim– ball of the Fifteenth and Lieut. Col. Palfrey of the Twentieth. Great credit is due to these officers for the splendid condition in which these regiments took the field. The Fifteenth and the Nineteenth are, in my opinion, fully equal to any two in the service. I have on two occasions strongly recommended the appointment of Col. Hinks as Brigadier General. He disciplined and brought into the field one of the finest regiments, and has been twice wounded while gallantly leading it in battle. I again urge the appointment, and respectfully ask your Excellency's favorable indorsement. I have the honor to be, your Excellency's obedient servant, (signed)
John Sedgwick, Major General Volunteers.