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Hampshire Regiment Infantry
|Sixth Infantry- Cols., Nelson Converse, Simon G. Griffin, Phin P.
Bixby; Lieut.-Cols., Nelson Converse, Simon G. Griffin, Charles Scott, Henry H. Pearson,
Phin P. Bixby, Samuel D. Quarles; Majs., Charles Scott, Obed G. Dort, Phin P. Bixby,
Samuel D. Quarles, Robert L. Ela. The 6th was composed of men from all parts of the state
and was mustered in from Nov. 27 to 30, 1861, at Keene. The original members not
reenlisted, were mustered out Nov. 27 and 28, 1864, near Petersburg, Va., and the
reenlisted men and recruits were mustered out July 17, 1865, near Alexandria, Va. The
number of members was 2,448. Of these, 158 were killed or died of wounds and 230 died from
other causes. The 6th camped at Bladensburg, Md., until Jan., 1862, when it left for
Annapolis to join Burnside's expedition to North Carolina. In February the regiment was
removed to Roanoke island, in March details were ordered to Columbia and Elizabeth City,
N. C, and on April 19, under Gen. Reno, met the enemy in a sharp encounter at Camden. At
Bull Run the 6th made a gallant attack and met with fearful losses. It was in action at
Antietam, Amissville, White Sulphur springs and Marye's heights, after which it was
ordered to join Gen. Grant's army before Vicksburg. In 1864 the regiment was attached to
the Army of the Potomac and participated in the battle of the Wilderness, where it made a
heroic charge. For gallantry in this battle, Sergt.-Maj. Abraham Cohn was awarded a medal
by Congress. Engagements followed at Totopotomoy creek, Bethesda Church, the Weldon
railroad, Poplar Springs Church, Hatcher's run and near Forts Davis and Sedgwick.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1