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Arch Leavitt Transcript
H’d Qr.’s 16th Me Vols.
The Commission for 1st Lieut. Nath’l W. Coston Co. “A” 16th Me Vols, forwarded to Col. Tilden on the 22nd of May ’63 has been withheld in accordance with an order from the Late Gen John F. Reynolds for the following reasons: 1st Sg’t Coston is not in the opinion of Col. Tilden “sufficiently versed in the military for the position. Brig. Gen. Paul disapproved the discharge of Sg’t Coston “for the above reasons and also from the fact of there being too many commissioned officers for the number of enlisted men.” I now hold the commission and await further orders.
John L. Hodsdon
P.S .In the Battle of Gettysburg the 16th Reg’t lost1 officer & 7 enlisted men killed; 6 officers & 46 men wounded; 12 officers & 159 enlisted men missing; 1 officer and 6 enlisted men wounded and missing. Aggregate loss of Reg’t 238. Col Tilden is a prisoner. The colors were torn in pieces to prevent capture. The present effective strength of the Reg’t is 7 officers & 62 enlisted. Only 3 line officers are able to do duty.
Major 16th Me.
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