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1st New Hampshire Light Battery

Regimental History
First Light Battery. — Capts., George A. Gerrish, Frederick M. Edgell. The 1st light battery, the only one furnished by New Hampshire, was recruited at Manchester and mustered in there Sept. 25, 1861. The original members, not reenlisted, were mustered out near Petersburg, Va., Sept. 25, 1864. The reenlisted men and recruits were mustered out June 9, 1865, at Concord. In Nov., 1864, it became Co. M, 1st N. H. heavy artillery, but was later continued as a separate light battery. It numbered 258 men and lost by death 12, of whom one-half were killed or died of wounds. On its arrival in Washington in Nov., 1861, it was assigned to the Army of the Potomac, with which it remained during its three years and nine months of service. Through all the important campaigns of that army the guns of the 1st N. H. light battery sounded their defiance. At the battles of the second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, the siege of Petersburg, Deep Bottom and many other engagements their well directed fire and steadfast endurance made them of the utmost value and service.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 1

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