Sunday, March 17, 2013

William Adams Moore, 5th., New Hampshire Infantry.

Captain William Adams Moore was born in Iittleton, N, H., March 27, 1842. He was the son of Adards Moore, M. D., and his wife, Anna Mary Iittle. His paternal grandfather was Deacon William Moore of Bedford, N. H., who was a soldier in the Revolution. On his mother's side, his greatgrandfather was Colonel Moses Iittle of Newbury, Mass., who led a regiment at the battle of Bunker Hill.

William A. Moore fitted for college, with advanced standing, and graduated at Appleton Academy, New Ipswich, N. H., in i860, the valedictorian of his class. At the outbreak of the Rebellion, he enlisted as a private in Co. K, Fifth New York Regiment, known as Colonel Duryee's Zouaves. This regiment left New York City May 23, 1861, for Fortress Monroe, Va., and he was with his regiment at the battle of Big Bethel, June 10. In July, the Zouaves were ordered to Baltimore, Md., and built Fort Federal Hill, during the hot summer months of 1861.

September 22, 1861, William was commissioned second lieutenant in the Fifth New Hampshire Regiment and assigned to Company C.

He was promoted to first lieutenant of Company E, February I, 1862; transferred to Company F, May 11; promoted to captain of Company H, Nov. 10, 1862, and killed at the battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862.

Colonel Cross, in writing to liis father, says :

''No act of my life ever pained me more than to inform you, as I did a few days since by telegraph, of the death of your brave son. Aside from the fact that he was one of the most prominent young oificers in the service, he was my intimate friend, in whose advancement and welfare I had always felt the greatest interest. I loved him for his brave and faithful spirit, his honorable ambition, his kindness and his gentlemanly deportment. Deeply have I regretted the disastrous day which stripped my gallant regiment of its honest hearts. William was first shot through the arm. He received permission to leave the field, and in doing so received his death wound."

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