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Hampshire Regiment Infantry
|Thirteenth Infantry. Col., Aaron F. Stevens; Lieut.-Cols., George
Bowers, Jacob J. Storer, William Grantman, Norman Smith; Majs., Jacob J. Storer, William
Grantman, Norman Smith, Nathan D. Stoodley. This regiment, composed of men from
Rockingham, Hillsboro, Strafford, Grafton, Merrimack, Carroll and Coos counties, was
mustered into the service for three years, at Concord, Sept. 12 to Oct. 9, 1862. The
original members were mustered out at Richmond, Va., June 21, 1865, and the same day the
recruits were transferred to the 2nd N. H. infantry. The original members and those gained
by transfer numbered 1,017, recruits 255, making a total of 1,272. The 13th lost by death
180 members, of whom one-half were killed or died of wounds. The regiment arrived in
Washington, Oct. 8, 1862, and was assigned to the 1st brigade, defenses of Washington,
until Dec. 10, when it joined the Army of the Potomac and was first under fire at
Stafford's heights. Entering Fredericksburg Dec. 11 it remained there until the 13th, when
it made an assault on Marye's heights. After the battle of Fredericksburg it went into
camp at the Phillips house and was there until in Feb., 1863, when it left for Newport
News. It was ordered to Suffolk, Va., on March 13 and took part in raising the siege of
that city. During this summer and the ensuing winter it performed many arduous and
exacting duties but was not again actively engaged until May, 1864, when it was in the
battles of Port Walthall Junction, Swift creek, Proctor's and Kingsland creeks, Drewry's
bluff and Bermuda Hundred, all in the vicinity of Richmond, Va. The regiment lost heavily
in the battle of Cold Harbor and afterward moved toward Petersburg, where it made a daring
assault on Battery No. 5, succeeding in its capture. It took part in the siege of
Petersburg and on Aug. 26 was ordered to Bermuda Hundred, where it remained until Sept.
28, when it was ordered to Fort Harrison. It fought bravely in the capture and defense of
that fort and suffered severe losses. Its next battle was at Fair Oaks late in Oct., 1864.
The regiment and its colors were among the first to enter Richmond, April 3, 1865, and it
was on duty here until the end of its service.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1