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Hampshire Light Battery
|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