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Originally published by Civil War Times magazine. Published Online: May 24, 2012 
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1st New Hampshire Volunteers

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This exceptionally rare image has been identified as two unknown members of the 1st New Hampshire Volunteers and was taken sometime during the spring months of 1861. They were organized at the Merrimack County Fairgrounds and a folded newspaper page from Merrimack County which was found behind the image lends credence to the identification. There is a possibility that they may be members of the 2nd New Hampshire which was filled from the remaining men after the ranks of the 1st New Hampshire had been filled. They are however lacking the “2NH” which is noted as having been on the caps of that unit. The unit was outfitted in a gray six button spike tailed coat which was trimmed around the collar and cuffs with red cord and a gray forage cap with a band of red around the base of the cap. No other state responded to Lincoln’s call for 75,000 men faster than New Hampshire. Within 15 days of the call by Lincoln the 1st New Hampshire had no less than 2,004 men enrolled and within another 15 days the regiment was reported to be completely armed and equipped and ready to move to Washington. Only a 3 month unit they saw little combat other than exchanging pot shots with rebels across the river at Conrad’s Ferry. Their term expired on the 2nd of August and they quickly boarded cars, headed for home and mustered out on the 8th thus ending their service. Image Copyright Matthew Fleming.



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