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Hampshire Regiment Infantry
|Fourteenth Infantry. Cols., Robert Wilson, Alexander Gardiner,
Carroll D. Wright, Theodore A. Ripley; Lieut.-Cols., Tileston A. Barker, Oliver H.
Marston; Majs., Samuel A. Duncan, Alexander Gardiner, Flavel L. Tolman. This regiment,
mostly from the south- western part of the state, was mustered in for three years at
Concord in Sept. and Oct., 1862. It was mustered out July 8, 1865, at Savannah, Ga. The
original members numbered 968, transferred 1, recruits 417, total strength 1,386. It lost
66 of its number, who were killed or died of wounds and 159 from other causes. The 14th
was the last three years' regiment furnished by the state, many of its men having expected
to join other regiments. It left the state for Washington on Oct. 18, 1862, arrived there
two days later and was assigned to defense duty. It remained near Washington, performing
varied services until in Feb., 1864, when it was ordered to the upper Potomac and was
encamped for a short time near Harper's Ferry. The men went home to vote and in March the
regiment was ordered to Hilton Head, S. C, which was reached after terrible storms. From
April to July, 1864, it was in or near New Orleans, then returned to Washington, and soon
entered into active field service. It was in the fights at Deep Bottom, Winchester,
Halltown, Berryville, Lock's ford, Fisher's hill, Tom's brook, Strasburg and Cedar creek,
and all proved the valor of the 14th. The late winter and spring were spent in Savannah,
Ga., and in May, 1865, the regiment was ordered to Augusta. So much southern service was
disastrous to the health of the troops and they lost heavily through sickness.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1