The 16th was made up in the 2nd Congressional district and was mustered in for nine months at Concord from Oct. 10 to Dec. 2, 1862. It numbered 914 men, of whom 210 died of disease and 3 were drowned. On Nov. 23 it left Concord for New York and was there ordered to sail south under sealed orders. Its destination proved to be New Orleans, which it reached on Dec 20 and remained near that city until March 5, 1863, when it proceeded to Port Hudson, where it joined in the siege from June 3 to July 9. This regiment suffered greatly from sickness, particularly during a six weeks' stay at Fort Burton, which it captured April 20, 1863, and the percentage of deaths was very large. On Aug. 1 it started for Cairo, Ill., and from there proceeded by rail to Concord, where it was mustered out on Aug. 20, 1863.
Thr Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 216 Enlisted men by disease. Total 221.
Col., James Pike; Lieut.-Col., Henry W. Fuller; Majs., Henry W. Fuller, Samuel Davis, Jr.
Moved to New York November and join Banks' Expeditionary Corps. Sailed for New Orleans, La., December 6, arriving December 20. Attached to Sherman's Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 19th Army Corps, Army of the Gulf, to May, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps. to August, 1863.
Duty at Carrollton and in the Defences of New Orleans, La., till April, 1863. Operations on Bayou Plaquemine and the Black and Atchafalaya Rivers February 12-28. Operations against Port Hudson, La., March 7-27. Fort Burton, Butte a la Rose, April 19. At Fort Burton till May 30. Ordered to Port Hudson May 30, and assigned as guard at arsenal of Banks' Army at Springfield Landing June 3 to July 9. Surrender of Port Hudson July 9. Occupation of works till August 1. Moved to Concord, N. H., August 1-14. Mustered out August 20, 1863.
The compiled service records of this unit contains 1092 men.
Dyer, Frederick H. - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion