|James Larkin of the Fifth|
Here are more faces from the Fifth New Hampshire. Nearly all come from cartes-de-visite -- CDVs -- made in the photography salons that shot up all around the country in the 1850s and '60s. The war created a business boom for these salons as men going off to fight and their loved ones lined up to be photographed. The soldiers wanted to leave their families images of themselves -- called "shadows" in the vernacular of the day -- and carry pictures of their loved ones with them to the war front.
Our War includes a chapter called "Picture man." The title character is Henry P. Moore, a photographer from Concord who took his camera and equipment to Hilton Head, S.C., in 1862-63 There he set up a salon in a tent in the camp of the Third New Hampshire Infantry. Moore took group pictures in camp and also shot on location. His images of soldiers, sailors and slaves remain well known today. The New Hampshire Historical Society published a book of Moore's photos in 2000 and has a marvelous collection of them..
James Larkin, an officer in the Fifth New Hampshire, also had the photography bug. He shot pictures during the regiment's first winter in the field at Camp California, near Alexandria, Va. His letters home, also now at the New Hampshire Historical Society, mention this avocation. The last I heard, a family in Virginia owned several of Larkin's pictures.
It is doubtful Larkin was able to keep shooting (pictures, anyway) once the Fifth began moving and fighting. In the spring of 1862, he was ill on the Virginia Peninsula, where his brother Albert died of disease. Larkin went along with the regiment, sometimes by ambulance, for the fights at Fair Oaks and during the Seven Days. He also fought at Antietam and brought the remnant of the Fifth down Marye's Heights after the battle of Fredericksburg. Before his three-year enlistment ended, he had risen from lieutenant to lieutenant colonel of the regiment.
Here are more faces of the Fifth:
|Jonathan C.S. Twitchell, brother of O'Neil (see part one), served as a|
first sergeant in the Fifth. He was wounded at Cold Harbor.
|Cpl. Frederick Barrett of Winchester was hit|
on the Fifth's march up Marye's Heights.
He served his full term with the Fifth
|Eldad Rhodes of Northumberland in postwar photo.|
A severe wound at Antietam ended his service
with the Fifth. As recounted in Our War, not long after
the battle, Eldad and his brother Freedom visited the
place along Bloody Lane where he was shot.
|Wounded at Fair Oaks and at nearby Cold|
Harbor, Norman D. Corser survived the war.
|George Gove of Raymond was wounded three|
times in the same shoulder but fought
three years with the Fifth.
|Welcome A. Crafts of Milan served in the|
Second New Hampshire before joining the Fifth,
where he rose to lieutenant colonel.
|George Bucknam and his fiancee Rosie Smith. He was a Concord printer|
before the war, and she lived in Hanover. Our War tells Bucknam's
sad story as a private in the Fifth.
|Charles Phelps of Amherst joined the Fifth at the age of 19.|
As a sergeant at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, he shot the
rebel who had shot Col. Edward E. Cross.
Later that day Phelps was killed.
|Charles Hapgood of Amherst joined the Fifth as a captain in 1861. He commanded the regiment|
at Gettysburg and won his colonel's eagles six days after Cross was mortally wounded there.
|John T.H. Downs, a native of Canada, was drafted from Milton, N.H., in 1863|
and served in the Fifth till war's end. He was wounded at Cold Harbor.
Here he wears his G.A.R. duds after the war.