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Sabine Emery and 9th Maine Transcript
Portland August 10 1863
Hon. Abner Coburn
I have the honor to request that Orderly Sergeant Geo. S. Colbath, Co. A, 9th Me. Vols. be commissioned 2nd Lieut. in that Company for gallant conduct in the assault on Fort Wagner July 18th. The Company is now without a commissioned officer – Capt. Brooks being severely wounded and Lieut. Goodwin having died from the effects of his wounds. As the other vacancies for which I recommended have not been filled, I would respectfully request that they be left vacant for the present. I shall have the honor of waiting on Your Excellency as soon as I can travel without pain.
I have to speak in the highest terms of both officers and men of my Regiment in the various engagements on Morris Island. At the capture of the southern portion of it, two companies of the 9th drove the 21st South Carolina Regiment from their Rifle pits – taking a number of them prisoners and capturing their colors – the only stand of colors taken on the Island. These I intended to send to Your Excellency, but an order from General Seymour required all such trophies to be delivered to Headquarters. The colors were taken by Company I under command of Lieut. Brastow.
The entire loss to the Regiment in killed and wounded in the capture of the Island and the assaults on Wagner will not be far from two hundred.
I have the honor to be
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