Monday, March 25, 2013

More faces from the Fighting Fifth

In response to my recent posts featuring pictures of Fifth New Hampshire soldiers (here and here), Dave Morin had a few of his own to add. Dave is a charter member of the Fifth New Hampshire re-enactors, a group that cares deeply about the regiment's history. Many members have equipment once owned by Fifth soldiers. Dave has collected images of the regiment for many years. He kindly shared his collection with me to share with you.

Here is the first batch:

The strapping Corporal Miles Peabody of the Fifth grew up near the family sawmill on the
 Contoocook River's North Branch in Antrim. He despised the Emancipation Proclamation
but re-enlistied anyway for a bonus. He got sick and died in Alexandria, Va., in late 1864. 

Lt. George Nettleton of the Fifth captured the flag of the Fourth North Carolina at Antietam. Three months later, after Nettleton was killed at Frederickburg, the flag was displayed in Claremont, his hometown, at the request of his wife. 

Thomas C. Parker of Hanover
first entered the Fifth as a 19-year-
old musician. He re-enlisted in 1864
and was killed at Cold Harbor.
David R. Roys, who joined in  Claremont  in '61
as a drummer, was wounded at Antietam. 

Maj. William W. Cook of Derry resigned from the Fifth a month and a half after
being wounded at Fair Oaks on June 1, 1862.
Charles Dodd of Boston was the Fifth's first adjutant. He was wounded at
Fredericksburg and left the regiment six months later in 1863.
Richard Fletcher of Lancaster was among the last
Fifth volunteers, serving only a few months in 1865.
Pvt. Philip Wilkins of Littleton died of
disease during the Fifth's first winter.

This photo of Fifth officers, probably taken at Point Lookout, Md., in 1864, is from the papers of  Capt. Charles Hale. Megan Hale Raber, Hale's great-great-granddaughter, shared the photo with Dave Morin.  Hale is second from left in the back row. Third and fourth in that row are George Gove and Gus Sanborn. In the center, front row, is Thomas Livermore. The rest are unidentified, although the man at bottom left may be Richard Cross, brother of Col. Edward E. Cross.
Charles T. Moody of Claremont enlisted in the Fifth
as a musician in 1862 and served till war's end.

Robert Clark Cragin was shot in the testicle
during the Fifth's fight at Gettysburg. He
survived and fathered children after the war.

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