Statistics for occurrence #1 of “General Hancock” in chapter 11 of John D. Billings, Hardtack and Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life:

... that the recruits of 1864-5, in particular, included many who could neither speak nor understand a word of English. In referring to the disastrous battle of Reams Station, not long since, the late General Hancock told me that the Twentieth Massachusetts Regiment had received an accession of about two hundred German recruits only two or three days before the battle, not one of whom could understand the orders ...
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