Sunday, December 14, 1862
General Oliver Howard, commander of the division, praised the Twentieth Massachusetts for their splendid service during the three-day battle at Fredericksburg. General Howard approached Captain George Macy and proclaimed, "Capt. Macy, I have come to thank you and your Regiment for your noble conduct in the late battles. You have done nobly, the Regiment has done nobly. Massachusetts men always do nobly."1
1Richard F. Miller, Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2005), 216.