Friday, May 30, 2014

Arrival at White House Landing

Monday, May 30, 1864

The steamer "Starlight" departed from Fortress Monroe at daylight to continue progress along the James River, arriving at West Point by noon to the sounds of cannonfire in the distance. The steamer advanced up the Pamunkey River to White House Landing, where the Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment debarked and made evening camp by 9:00 P.M..1

References:
1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 336-37.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Steamer Journey along the James River

Sunday, May 29, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire arose at daylight and embarked on the steamer "Starlight," which departed Bermuda Hundred Landing at 8:00 A.M. for progress along the James River. The steamer arrived at Fortress Monroe by nightfall and anchored for the evening.1

References:
1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 335-36.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Camp at Bermuda Hundred Landing

Saturday, May 28, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire arose at daylight to prepare for an afternoon inspection. At noon they received orders to prepare cooked rations for two days by 4:00 P.M. At 5:30 P.M. the Thirteenth marched to the Bermuda Hundred Landing, where they arrived by nightfall to make camp for the evening. 1

References:
1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 335.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

March to Bermuda Hundred Landing

Friday, May 27, 1864

At 8:00 A.M. the Thirteenth New Hampshire broke camp and marched to a position close to the Bermuda Hundred Landing, where they bivouacked for the evening.1

References:
1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 327-34.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Camp at Bermuda Hundred

Sunday, May 22, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire spent a reasonably quiet week at Bermuda Hundred since the end of the Battle of Drewry Bluff on Monday. The Thirteenth was hard at work in camp building entrenchments and fortifications. Today, under a flag of truce, the Confederates asked for and received permission to bury their dead near the Bermuda Hundred camp.1

References:
1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 322-27.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Battle of Drewry Bluff - Day 5

Monday, May 16, 1864

This morning at 5:00 A.M. the Confederates attacked the Union line in a dense, enveloping fog. Over the next four hours the Thirteenth New Hampshire drove back three Confederate charges and held their portion of the line. Around 9:00 A.M. the Thirteenth withdrew from their position to form a new line of battle with their brigade, where the Thirteenth New Hampshire repelled a Confederate charge. The major fighting for the day ceased by 2:30 P.M. Company E of the Thirteenth New Hampshire returned to their regiment encamped at Bermuda Hundred around 10:30 P.M. after a hard day of fighting on the skirmish line. Although the Thirteenth New Hampshire performed well this day, many other units suffered heavily by wounding or capture during the early morning attacks in the fog.1

References:
1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 292-322.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Battle of Drewry Bluff - Day 4

Sunday, May 15, 1864

Union and Confederate armies faced each other behind works all day, securing their defenses. The Thirteenth New Hampshire remained on the picket line, evading bullets and shells in an advanced position.1

References:
1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 291-92.