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Monday, March 19, 2012

Note: the 18th Mass. remained at Camp California near Alexandria, VA

Recognizing a good man and soldier when they saw one, nine Captains and 15 Lieutenants in the Regiment signed a petition to Gov. John Andrew of Massachusetts in support of Company D's 1st Sergeant John Thompson Haskell's promotion to Second Lieutenant. Nepotism would ultimately win out, however, when Lieut. Col. Timothy Ingraham's son William, then Commissary Sergeant, was elevated to the position on April 2nd. Why Haskell, who would later be cited for bravery at the battle of Fredericksburg, was continually passed over for promotion and mustered out of the service in October 1864 still a 1st Sergeant remains a mystery.

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