Company "A" Corps of Engineers, U.S.A., 1846-1848, in the Mexican War

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Appendix B
Promotions of Enlisted Men of
the Company

Tepe Agualco, Mexico,
May 4, 1847

Colonel JOSEPH G. TOTTEN, Chief Engineer, Washington City

Sir:

I have the honor to inform you that, on the 25th of April, First Sergeant Hastings of “K” Company, Third Artillery, was, by order of General Worth, transferred to the Engineer Corps, subject to the approval of the Commander-in-Chief.

Sergeant Hastings has the reputation of being one of the best first sergeants in the army. He was for 7 or 8 years orderly sergeant in the Second Infantry. He is an intimate friend of Sergeant Everett;1 is a well educated man, very intelligent; a remarkable fine looking soldier, a good drill sergeant.

By birth he is an Irishman—he came to this country quite young, and was brought up in Po’keepsie, N.Y.

We were very much in want of an orderly sergeant. I think there can be no doubt but we have secured a prize.

-79-

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