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Hampshire Regiment Infantry
|Tenth Infantry. Col., Michael T. Donahue; Lieut.-Col., John
Coughlin; Majs., Jesse F. Angell, Timothy B. Crowley. The 10th regiment was organized from
the state at large for three years' service, and was mustered in from Aug. 6 to Sept. 18,
1862, at Manchester. The original members were mustered out on June 21, 1865, at Richmond,
Va., and the recruits were assigned to the 2nd N. H. infantry. The original members and
recruits numbered 1,333 and its loss by death was 198 men. The 10th left the state for
Washington on Sept 22, 1862, and saw its first fighting in the Army of the Potomac, Nov.
15, while crossing the Rappahannock. On Dec. 11 it entered Fredericksburg and joined in an
attack on Marye's heights with the 13th N. H. After three months at Fredericksburg and a
month at Newport News, it was ordered to Suffolk, Va. At Hill's point a battery was
captured, at Littlepage's bridge on the Pamunkey there was a sharp fight, and on July 30
the regiment went into camp at Julian's creek, where it spent the winter of 1863-64. In
April it was assigned to the Army of the James and went to Bermuda Hundred. Active
engagements followed at Port Walthall Junction, Va., Swift creek, Proctor's and Kingsland
creeks, and Drewry's bluff. Lieut.-Col. Coughlin won a medal at Swift creek for
distinguished gallantry in action, May 9, 1864. At Cold Harbor the regiment was in the
front line, June 1-12, when it was removed to the rear and returned to Bermuda Hundred. On
June 15 it left camp for Petersburg and that day aided in the capture of Battery No. 5.
The next day Cos. A, E and K made an assault in which the prisoners captured outnumbered
the attacking party. The regiment was engaged in the siege of Petersburg until Aug. 27,
and from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, was engaged in the capture and defense of Fort Harrison. Late
in October it was withdrawn from that place and on the 27th participated in a bloody
encounter near Fair Oaks, where it suffered heavy losses. Returning to Fort Harrison it
spent the winter of 1864-65 there, when it was ordered to Richmond and remained there from
April 3, 1865, to June 21, when it was mustered out and returned home.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1