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Hampshire Regiment Infantry
|Eleventh Infantry. Col., Walter Harriman; Lieut. -Cols., Moses N.
Collins, Leander W. Cogswell; Majs., Moses N. Collins, Evarts W. Farr. The 11th, composed
of volunteers from the state at large for three years' service, was mustered in at
Concord, Aug. 21 to Sept. 10, 1862. The original members were mustered out at Alexandria,
Va., June 4, 1865, and the recruits were transferred to the 6th N. H. infantry on June 1,
1865. The original members numbered 1,005, the recruits 649, transferred 1, making a total
of 1,655. The regiment lost by death 303 men, of whom 136 were killed or died of wounds.
The 11th left Concord Sept. 11, 1862, for Baltimore and on its arrival there was
immediately ordered to Washington, where it became part of the 2nd brigade of the 2nd
division of the 9th corps, in which it remained throughout its service. It participated in
the battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, where First Sergt. Francis H. Goodall, Co. G,
won a medal of honor for conspicuous gallantry, and then went into camp at Newport News,
Va., until March, 1863. On June 14, 1863, the regiment arrived at Vicksburg, having spent
the months of April and May en route. It was engaged at Jackson, Miss., and then returned
to the North by way of Cairo. On Oct. 15, 1863, it was at Knoxville Tenn., where it
participated in the siege from Nov. 17 to Dec. 5, and afterward aided in the pursuit of
Gen. Longstreet through the mountains of East Tennessee. On April 7, 1864, the regiment
arrived at Annapolis after marching across the mountains, 175 miles in 11 days, and was
engaged at the Battle of the Wilderness. It was then with the Army of the Potomac in the
actions at Spottsylvania, North Anna river, Totopotomoy, Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor and
the siege of Petersburg. On June 17, at Petersburg, Private Henry W. Rowe, Co. I, made a
heroic capture of a flag, which won him a medal of honor. Having served constantly at
Petersburg from June 16, 1864, to April 3, 1865, the 11th on April 4 went to City Point,
Va., from there to Alexandria and Washington, where it participated in the grand review
and was mustered out after nearly three years of hard service.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1