|The badge of the Ninth Corps,|
in which the 6th New Hampshire
served for most of the war.
Many of the CDVs were identified and signed. Most were original members and officers of the regiment, which came together in Keene in late 1861. Like John S. Smith, the subject of my last post, most of those who survived stayed in the regiment till the end of the war.
My guess is that these CDVs were once the collection of one of the officers. It has been interesting over the years to learn more about them and, through them, the 6th New Hampshire.
The 6th appears in a few chapters of Our War. The main one tells the story of the drowning of the wives of three officers in August 1862 as they were moving with members of the regiment by steamer just before the second Bull Run battle.
|Robert H. Potter was only 18 when he|
joined the 6th as a private. He suffered
a bad wound at Poplar Springs Church,
Va., on Oct. 1, 1864, but was an
officer in the regiment at war's end.
|Maj. Samuel D, Quarles of Ossipee was|
badly wounded at Spottsylvania
in May 1864 but survived the war.
|Gilmore McL. Houston of Plymouth, N.H., was quartermaster of the 6th.|
|Joseph M. Shepard of Gilmanton joined the regiment as a 28-year-old|
private in 1861 and re-enlisted in December of 1863. He was soon
promoted to lieutenant. Six months later he was killed at Cold Harbor.
|Charles C. Chesley of Concord|
enlisted at 18 as a private and
was wounded at Fredericksburg
and Poplar Springs Church. He
finished the war as an officer.
|Sydney B. Higgins, a 20-year-old|
private from Chesterfield, N.H.,
was a lieutenant by war's end.