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Hampshire Regiment Infantry
|Third Infantry. Cols., Enoch Q. Fellows, John H. Jackson, John
Bedell; Lieut.-Cols., John H. Jackson, John Bedell, Josiah Plimpton, James F. Randlett;
Majs., John Bedell, Josiah Plimpton, James F. Randlett, William H. Trickey. The 3d
regiment was mustered in at Concord from Aug. 22 to 26, 1861, for three years. The
original members, not reenlisted, were mustered out Aug. 23, 1864, at Bermuda Hundred,
Va., and the reenlisted men were mustered out at Goldsboro, N. C., in July, 1865. The
total strength was 1,769 and there were 342 deaths, 194 caused by wounds. The regiment was
ordered first to Hunter's point, L. I., next to Washington, and in October to Annapolis,
where it embarked for a coast expedition. Gen. T. W. Sherman was quartered with the 3d on
the "Atlantic." In April, 1862, the regiment was ordered to Edisto island and in
June to James island. Its first action was at Secessionville, where its loss was 105
killed, wounded or missing. In July the regiment returned to Hilton Head and camped there.
It was next divided, a detail being sent to Florida and another to Pinckney island. It
united again in June at St. Helena island, proceeded to Folly island and aided in
capturing part of Morris island. During the siege of Fort Wagner the 3d lost heavily, but
had the post of honor the day of the surrender. Twenty members received Gillmore medals
for bravery during this siege. Ordered to Florida and back again to Virginia, the troops
were repeatedly in action. At Deep Bottom, Va., Aug. 16, 1864, the regiment was nearly
annihilated. Then the men whose terms had expired were mustered out and the remainder of
the troops were ordered to Petersburg. In September the 3d was repeatedly engaged on the
south side of the James, and in Jan., 1865, it participated in an attack on Fort Fisher,
N. C. Brave fighting followed at Sugar Loaf battery and Wilmington and after distinguished
services, the remnant of the 3d was finally mustered out.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1