7th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry Regiment



 


HISTORICAL NOTES:

The 7th, from the state at large, was mustered in for three years at Manchester, Oct. 29 to Dec. 15, 1861, and was mustered out at Concord, Dec. 27, 1864. The reenlisted men and recruits were mustered out July 20, 1865, at Goldsboro, N. C. The regiment numbered 1,762 members, of whom 152 were killed or died of wounds and 246 died from other causes. The first month was spent at Manchester, the second at New York, and on Feb. 13, 1862, the regiment embarked for Fort Jefferson, Florida, where it remained till sent to St. Augustine Sept. 1. Greatly reduced by sickness, it left there in June for Hilton Head, Folly and Morris islands, where it was actively engaged in the siege of Fort Wagner. A number of men of the 7th won Gillmore medals for bravery and in an attack on Fort Wagner the regimental loss was 18 officers killed or wounded. After camping at St. Helena island until Feb., 1864, the regiment participated in Gen. Seymour's campaign in Florida, afterward joining the Army of the James at Bermuda Hundred, Va. Through May and June it was in many engagements, including Drewry's bluff, Deep Bottom, New Market heights, Laurel hill and along the Darbytown road. First Sergt. George P. Dow, Co. C, Sergt. Henry F. W. Little, Co. D, Sergt. George F Robie, Co. D, and Sergt. William Tilton, Co. C, all won medals of honor during this campaign. Ordered to New York during the presidential election of 1864, the regiment returned to Virginia and went into winter quarters at Laurel hill. In January it was ordered to Fort Fisher, N. C., in June to Goldsboro, after some time at Wilmington, and was mustered out in July after nearly four years of distinguished service.

The Regiment lost during service 15 Officers and 169 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 241 Enlisted men by disease. Total 426.

OFFICERS:
Cols., Haldimand S. Putnam, Joseph C. Abbott; Lieut.-Cols., Joseph C. Abbott, Thomas A. Henderson, Augustus W. Rollins; Majs., Daniel Smith, Thomas A. Henderson, Augustus W. Rollins, Jeremiah S. Durgin.

ASSIGNMENTS:

Attached to Brannan's Command, District of Florida, to June, 1862. District of Beaufort, S. C., Dept. of tbe South, to September, 1862. St. Augustine, Fla., Dept. of the South, to May, 1863. Fernandina, Fla., Dept. of the South, to June, 1863. 1st Brigade, Folly Island, S. C., 10th Corps, Dept of the South, to July, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Morris Island, S. C., 10th Corps, Dept of the South, to July, 1863. 3rd Brigade, Morris Island, S. C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to November, 1863. 1st Brigade, Morris Island, S. C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to December, 1863. St. Helena Island, S. C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to February, 1864. Hawley's Brigade, Ames' Division, District of Florida, Dept of the South, to April, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to May, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James, to December, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 24th Army Corps, Army of the James, to January, 1865. Abbott's Brigade, Terry's Provisional Corps, North Carolina, to March, 1865. Abbott's Detached Brigade, 10th Army Corps, North Carolina, to July, 1865.

SERVICE:

Duty at Dry Tortugas, Fla., till June 16, 1862. Moved to Beaufort, S. C., June 16, and duty there till September 15. Moved to St. Augustine, Fla., September 15, and duty there till May 10, 1563. Skirmish near St. Augustine March 9 (Detachment). At Fernandina, Fla., till June 15. Moved to Hilton Head, S. C.; thence to Folly Island, S. C., June 15-19. Siege operations against Morris Island till July 10. Assault on Water Batteries on Morris Island July 10. Assaults on Fort Wagner, Morris Island, S. C., July 11 and 15. Siege of Fort Wagner July 15-September 7. Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg September 7. Siege operations against Fort Sumpter and Charleston, S. C., till December 20. Moved to St. Helena Island, S. C., December 20, and duty there till February, 1864. Expedition to Jacksonville, Fla., February 5-6, and from Jacksonville to Lake City, Fla., February 7-22. Battle of Olustee, Fla., February 20. Duty at Jacksonville till April. Ordered to Gloucester Point, Va., April 4. Butler's operations on south side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond May 4-25. Occupation of City Point and Bermuda Hundred May 5. Swift Creek or Arrowfield Church May 9-10. Chester Station May 10. Operations against Fort Darling May 12-16. Battle of Drury's Bluff May 14-16. Bermuda Hundred May 16-August 13. Action at Petersburg June 9. Port Walthal June 16-17. Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16, 1864, to January 3, 1865. Demonstration north of James River August 13-20. Battle of Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-15. In trenches before Petersburg till September 25. Battle of Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights, September 25-30. Darbytown and New Market Roads October 7. Darbytown and Charles City Cross Roads October 13. Battle of Fair Oaks October 27-28. Front of Richmond October 31-November 2. Detachment for duty at New York City and Staten Island, New York Harbor, during Presidential election November 2-17. Duty in front of Richmond north of the James River November 17, 1864, to January 3, 1865. Second Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C., January 3-15, 1865. Assault and capture of Fort Fisher January 15. Half Moon Battery January 19. Sugar Loaf Battery February 11. Fort Anderson February 15. Capture of Wilmington February 22. North East Perry February 22. Duty at Wilmington till June, and at Goldsborough, N. C., till July. Mustered out July 17, 1865

ROSTERS:

The compiled service records of this unit contains 2517 men.

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REFERENCES:

Dyer, Frederick H. - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion

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