Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Names Of The Second New Hampshire Infantry.

The following informaation was taken from the caption from under their picture. I was unable to post their pictures here however if you would like a picture and another additional information I may have on him, you can requset it at the following. dsegelquist1@cox.net

William Humphrey Ramsdell, Co. I.

A son of William Ramsdell, long a leading citizen of Milford. Had led an adventurous life, including several years as a gold hunter in California. Went to Portsmouth as lieutenant of the Milford company, on three months enlistment, and on the breaking-up of the company, reenlisted as a private in Co. I. He died in Milford June 19, 1879, aged 49 years.

Lieut, A I B. Thompson, Co, E.

In August, 1861, was promoted to Captain 18th U. S. Infantry, and distinguished himself at Perrysville and Murfreesboro. Brevetted Major for gallantry, and was retired for disability from wounds. Depart- ment Commander of the G. A. R. in 1888. Elected Secretary of State for New Hampshire in 1877, which position he held until his death, which occurred at
Concord Sept. 12. 1890

Quartermaster James A, Cook.

Was the original Commissary-Sergeant of the Second. June 9, 1862, promoted Quartermaster. July 2, 1863, pro. Captain and Com. Sub. He retired from the service badly broken in health, and returning to his home in Claremont, died there May 13, 1866.

John Sullivan, Jr., Co. E.

A great-grandson and namesake of New Hampshire's revolutionary general. Sept. 30, 1861, he was appointed Medical Cadet. U. S. A., serving over a year with the western armies. Was then commissioned Assistant Surgeon of the Thirteenth N. H., with which he remained two years, more than half of the time as Acting Surgeon. Resigning his commis-
sion, he was appointed Executive Officer of the I . S. General Hospital at Troy. N. V., then in charge of Surgeon Hubbard, formerly of the Second. Dr. Sullivan now resides in Boston.

Harvey Holt, Co. I.

The first New Hampshire soldier killed in battle in the war. Was attached to the oorps of pioneers, which early in the action occupied a position in advance of the Rhode Island batten,-. A shell from one of its guns exploded prematurely, and a ragment struck Holt in the neck, killing him instantly. He was from Lyndeborough, and the Post of the Grand Army in that town is named for him.

Corpl, Wells C, Haynes, Co. B.

Wounded at Bull Run, and taken prisoner, July 21, 1861. Died of wounds, in the hands of the enemy, at Richmond, Va., October 8, 1861. Enlisted from Candia, and was a son of Carr B. Haynes, sometime Deputy Sheriff of Merrimack County.

Sergt, Lorenzo P. Adley, Co. F.

Was from Milan. Promoted to first lieutenant Twenty-second U. S. C. T., February 15, 1864. He was killed in a railroad accident at Ottumwa, Iowa, October 12, 1878.

Capt. James E. Saunders, Co. E,

Among Peterborough's earliest volunteers, enlisting under Weston in Co. G. Took in all the battles, and re-enlisted. passed through the several degrees of promotion, and was mustered out as captain of Company E. He was taken prisoner at second Bull Run, but escaped and got back into the Union lines inside of two weeks. To his faculty for sketching we are indebted for a number of the pictures in this work. His present P. O. address is West Peterborough.

Sergt, Alba C, Haynes, Co, G.

An early recruit, who re-enlisted, and was the color-sergeant of the regiment for the last year and a
half of its service. He is now a freight conductor, and resides at Lancaster.

William Summers, Co. I,

Fiery, impulsive, big hearted "Bill." Summers. His pump shop, under Granite Block, in Manchester, was one of the land-
marks along in the '50s. He came out as a recruit immediately after the first Bull Run, and after serving three years enlisted in the Veteran Reserve Corps. He died Dec. 31, 1878, at Manchester.

Corpl, Adoniram J, Sawyer, Co. H.

Enlisted from Hopkinton, and was wounded at Williamsburg. Now lives in Newton, where he is in the retail boot and shoe trade, also member of the insurance firm of Sawyer & Heath. Has served the town as representative in 1887-8; selectman in 1893-4; and moderator several years. Was postmaster under President Harrison.

Capt, David Steele, Co. G,

The original First Sergeant of Co. G. Big, brawny, large hearted, and of dauntless courage. He was among the pioneers in California, and a fillibuster with Walker in Nicaragua. It was just like him, after serving a term with distinction in the Second and rising to the rank of captain, to enlist and serve as a private in the Eighteenth N'. H. After the war he went back to California, and died at Colusa County Hospital, October 8, 1890.

Sergt, Lorenzo P. Adley, Co. F.

Was from Milan. Promoted to first lieutenant Twenty-second U. S. C. T., February 15, 1864. He was killed in a railroad accident at Ottumwa, Iowa, October 12, 1878.

Clarence A, Brackett, Co, E.

Brackett enlisted from Antrim as a musician in Company E, and was subsequently transferred to Company C. He had a chronic disagreement with his officers, which became so hot that he "discharged himself" after a year's service. He entered the Seventeenth Vermont and made a good record, being appointed corporal, then sergeant, and wounded and captured. He lives in Antrim.

Capt. James H. Piatt, Co. E.

Killed at Drewry's Bluff, May 16, 1864. The original first lieutenant of Company C. His body was sent home undercharge of Henry H. Everett, and is buried in the Valley Cemetery at Manchester.

First Sergt. Allen B. Hayward, Co. A,

Wounded in the right arm at Cold Harbor, June 3, 1864, by a minnie ball which shattered the bone into twenty-three pieces. The arm was amputated near the shoulder joint, within an hour, by Surgeon Merrow. He had previously been wounded at Second Bull Run and Gettysburg. He is now at the U. S. Pension Bureau in Washington.

First Sergt. Moses L. F. Smith, Co. D.
Killed at Cold Harbor, June 3, 1864, while acting sergeant-major. He had re-enlisted, and was slated for a commission.

Edward N. Taft, Co. A.

Killed at the battle of Williamsburg, May 5, 1862. He was a native of Nelson, 27 years of age, and resided in Keene at the time of his enlistment.

Corpl. John H. Cole, Co. C.

Was a member of the color guard in many of the Second's hardest battles. Now janitor of the City Hall building in Manchester.

Corpl. David 0, Davis, Co. D.

Was discharged for disability Sept. The following August he was drafted and assigned to the Fifth N. H. Was promoted to corporal, wounded at Fort Stedman, captured at Farmville, and again discharged fir disability, after the surrender. Now resides at Newmarket.

No comments: