Thursday, October 2, 2014

Capture of Fort Harrison

Sunday, October 2, 1864

On Wednesday the Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment was ordered to march with two days cooked rations to New Market Heights. On Thursday the Thirteenth New Hampshire was engaged in the attack and capture of Fort Harrison. Today the Thirteenth New Hampshire was deployed as part of the fort's garrison, exhausted from the three-day siege. 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), 456-490.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sheridan's Victories in the Shenandoah Valley

Sunday, September 25, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment spent a cool, rainy, and uneventful week in camp at Petersburg. On Saturday the news of Union Cavalry Major General Philip Sheridan's victories against Confederate General Jubal Early at Third Winchester and Fisher Hill in the Shenandoah Valley reached camp, followed by celebration, cheering, and cannon salutes. Today the Thirteenth once again engaged in the regular Sunday practice of inspection, dress parade, and religious services. 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), 453-456.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Advanced Picket Duty around Petersburg

Sunday, September 18, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment spent another week in camp Petersburg. Pickets are far advanced to half the distance between lines, resulting in less enemy fire from sharpshooters in camp. On Wednesday severe fighting occurred along the front lines. Many cases of fever are reported in the Thirteenth, caused by the swampy conditions around camp. Today the Thirteenth once again engaged in the regular Sunday practice of inspection, dress parade, and religious services. 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), 449-452.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Camp Duties at Petersburg

Sunday, September 11, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment spent another week in camp Petersburg, alternating between picket duty and digging entrenchments. Today the Thirteenth once again engaged in the Sunday routine of inspection, dress parade, and religious services.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), 449-452.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Return to Sunday Routine

Sunday, September 4, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment spent most of their week in camp at the rear of the lines around Petersburg. Today the Thirteenth engaged in the former Sunday practice of inspection, dress parade, and religious services. Many months of combat on the front lines had made dress parades an infrequent practice. 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), 448-449.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Return to Camp

Sunday, August 28, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire remained in the front rifle trenches which had dried up during the week as the rain ended and fairer weather returned. The Thirteenth was constantly exposed to front, rear, and enfilade fire during their time in the trenches. On Friday evening the Thirteenth was finally relieved by the Tenth Corps and began a night march to their old camp near Bermuda Hundred, arriving thoroughly exhausted at 4:00 A.M. on Saturday morning. Today the Thirteenth removed to a location near their camp position in May, between Batteries Three and Four. 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), 444-448.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In the Muddy Trenches

Sunday, August 21, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire remained in the front rifle trenches all week, this time with new challenges from the weather. The relentless heat broke on Monday with heavy rain showers which continued intermittently for the entire week. Rain filled the trenches and the men were constantly at work to repair the damage done by the rain and ensuing mud. By the end of today the water in the front trenches was two-and-one-half feet deep. 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), 440-444.