Milton in the 2nd NH Regiment – 1861-65

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | January 23, 2019

The Second Regiment, NH Volunteer Infantry, organized itself at Fort Constitution, in Newcastle, NH, as a three-month regiment in April 1861. They re-enlisted in May 1861 and reorganized there as a three-year regiment in June 1861.

Company D, to which the Milton men principally belonged, had originated as the Dover Volunteers. Captain Hiram Rollins of Dover was its commander. The Second NH Regiment’s “uniforms were gray, the jaunty forage caps and ‘spiketail’ dress coats banded with red cord.” They were armed with cal. 69 smoothbore muskets, except one company equipped with rifles (Haynes, 1896).

The Second NH Regiment left Portsmouth, June 20, 1861, and arrived in Boston, MA, that same day. The Second NH Regiment participated in the first Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas), July 21, 1861. Colonel Gilman Marston and Company D’s Captain Hiram Rollins were both wounded.

In 1862, the Second NH Regiment formed a part of General George B. McClellan’s peninsular campaign. They glimpsed separately both the ironclads CSS Merrimac and USS Monitor en route, although not their famous battle. They participated in the siege of Yorktown, VA, the battles of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Oak Grove, Peach Orchard, Glendale, and Malvern Hill, VA, after which the peninsula was evacuated. They fought also at the second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), August 29, 1862, during which the Confederates captured John O. Hayes of Milton. Their year concluded at the Battle of Fredericksburg, VA, in December 1862.

In 1863, the Second NH Regiment returned for a time to New Hampshire, where the Seventeenth NH Regiment was incorporated into their ranks. They then returned to the army in time to participate in the Battle of Gettysburg, where they defended the “Peach Orchard.”  Corporal John S. Varney of Milton was severely wounded there, July 2, 1863. They fought after at Wapping Heights, in late July, before being sent to Point Lookout, MD.

In 1864, the Second NH Regiment began the year guarding prisoners at Point Lookout, MD. They left there in April to join General Butler’s Army of the James for its advance into the Bermuda Hundred district of Virginia. They fought at Swift Creek and Drewry’s Bluff. After which Butler withdrew to his original position and the Second NH Regiment transferred to General Grant’s Army of the Potomac. They then participated in the siege at Cold Harbor, VA. Acting Sergeant Moses L.F. Smith of Milton was mortally wounded there, June 3, 1864. Christie L. Jones was also wounded there.

The three-year enlistments of the original men expired on June 21, 1864. John O. Hayes, 2nd Lt Robert Miller, Corporal James H. Tibbetts, and Corporal John S. Varney were all mustered out, although several re-enlisted in other units. The Second NH Regiment was reorganized after the departures of the original men. Charles E. Jones and Christie L. Jones remained and were promoted. The Second NH Regiment was attached again to the Army of the James.

In 1865, the Second NH Regiment went on a raid along the Rappahannock River and then established a Cavalry supply depot at White House, VA. Then they rejoined General Grant’s siege lines at Petersburg, VA. They moved in to occupy Richmond, VA, when General Lee withdrew towards Appomattox Courthouse and the war ended. They were stationed as military provosts in several different places before being sent home in December 1865.

1st Lt. Charles E. Jones seems to have been the last of the original enlistees still in the ranks when the regiment mustered out at City Point, VA, December 19, 1865, along with several non-Milton men whose service had been credited to Milton. The ex-soldiers of the Second NH Regiment arrived by train in Concord, NH, December 23, 1865.

Milton Men Who Enlisted in the 2nd NH Regiment:

CORSON, MONROE J., Co. D; b. Milton; age 22; res. Milton; enl. April 30, ’61, for 3 mos.; not must in; re-enl. May 10, ’61, for 3 yrs.; must in. June 1, 61; disch. disab. April 22, ’62. Died Jan. 27, ’64, Milton.

HAYES, JOHN O., Co. D; b. Lebanon, Me.; age 21; res. Milton; enl. April 30, ’61, for 3 mos.; not must. in; re-enl. May 10, ’61, for 3 yrs; must. in June 1, ’61; captured Aug. 29, ’62, Bull Run, Va.; released; must. out June 21, ’64. Subsequent service, Corp., Co. D, 1 N.H.H. Art. P.O. ad. West Lebanon, Me.

JONES, CHARLES E., Co. D; b. Milton; age 18; res. Milton; enl. April 30, ’61, for 3 mos.; not must. in; re enl. May 10, ’61, for 3 yrs.; must. in June 1, ’61; app. Corp. Feb 1, ’63; Sergt. Nov. 27, ’63; re -enl. Jan 1, ’64; app. 1 Sergt. July 1, ’64; 1 Lt. May 20, ’65; must. out Dec. 19, ’65. P.O. ad. Nat. Military Home, Wis.

JONES, CHRISTIE L., Co. D; b. Milton; age 19; res. Milton; enl. April 30, ’61, for 3 mos.; not must in; re-enl. May 10, ’61 for 3 yrs.; must. in June 1, ’61; missing July 21, ’61, Bull Run, Va.; gained from missing; disch. July 30, 62; re-enl. Aug. 11, ’62; must. in Aug. 19, ’62; wd. June ’64, Cold Harbor, Va.; app. Corp. July 1, ’64; Sergt. Sept. 18, ’64; disch. June 9, ’65 Manchester, Va. P.O. ad. Milton.

MILLER, ROBERT, Co. D; b. St. John, N.B.; age 28; res. Milton; enl. April 30, ’61, [for] 3 mos; not must. in; re-enl. May 10, ’61, for 3 yrs.; must. in June 1, ’61; app. Corp. Aug 1, ’61; Sergt. Aug. 11, ’62; 1 Sergt. May 7, ’63; 2 Lt. ,Co. A, July 10, ’63; [must.] out June 21, ’64. Died Feb. 12, ’83 Milton.

SMITH, MOSES L.F., Co. D; b. Brookfield; age 22; res. Milton; enl. April 30, ’61, for 3 mos.; not must. in; re-enl May 10, ’61, for 3 yrs.; must. in June 1, ’61; app. Corp. Aug 1, ’61; Sergt. Oct 1, ’62; 1 Sergt. Dec. 20, ’63; re-enl. Jan 1, ’64; killed June 3, ’64, Cold Harbor, Va.

TIBBETTS, JAMES H., Co. D; b. South Gardiner, Me.; age 18; res. Milton; enl. April 22, ’61, for 3 mos.; not must. in; re-enl. May 10, ’61, for 3 yrs.; must. in June 1, ’61; app. Corp. June 1, ’63; must. out June 21, ’64. Subsequent service Co. D, 1 N.H.H. Art. P.O. ad. Dover.

VARNEY, JOHN S., Co. D; b. Tuftonborough; age 22; res. Milton; enl. May 13, ’61; must. in June 1, ’61; app. Corp. June 1, ’63; wd. severely, July 2, ’63, Gettysburg, Pa.; must. out June 21, ’64. P.O. ad. Wolfeborough.

VARNEY, THERON F., Co. D; b. Milton; age 19; res Milton; enl. April 30, ’61, for 3 mos.; not must. in; re-enl. May 10, ’61, for 3 yrs.; must. in June 1, ’61, as Corp.; app. Sergt Aug 11, ’62; des. May 25, ’63, Concord; reported under President’s Proclamation, ’65; disch. May 15, ’65, Galloup’s Island, Boston Harbor, Mass.

VENNER, JAMES M., Co. D; b. Milton; age 22; res. Milton; enl. April 30, ’61, for 3 mos.; not must. in; re-enl. May 10, ’61 for 3 yrs; must. in June 1, ’61, as Corp.; des. July 18, ’62 Harrison’s Landing, Va.; apprehended July 5, ’64, Lebanon, Me.; dishonorably discharged. No further record.

Non-Milton Men Who Were Credited to Milton:

BROWN, JOHN, Co. C; substitute; b. Queenstown, Ir.; age 37; cred. Milton; enl Oct. 12, ’64; must. out Dec. 19, ’65.

COOK, HERBERT E., Co. D; b. Winchester; age 19; res. Winchester; enl. Sept. 11, ’61; must. in Sept. 17, ’61; re-enl. Jan. 1, ’64; cred. Milton; must. out Dec. 19, ’65.

GODFREY, JOHN, Co. C; substitute; b. Montreal, Can.; age 23; cred. Milton; enl. Oct. 12, ’64; des. to the enemy, Nov. 7, ’64, Chaffin’s Farm, Va.

Milton Natives, Who Resided and Enlisted Elsewhere:

COOK, MARK F., Co. F; b. Milton; age 21; res. Farmington; enl. May 16, ’61; must. in June 4, ’61; missing Aug. 29, ’62, Bull Run, Va.; gained from missing; transf. to Co. K, 4 Art. USA, Nov. 1, ’62; des. July 12, ’63. Died March 20, ’76, Wolfeborough.

LORD, JOHN H., Co. D; substitute; b. Milton; age 25. Transf from 10 NH June 21, ’65. Died disease Aug. 18, ’65, Warsaw, Va.

RAMSEY, NEWTON A., Co. D; b. Milton; age 18; res. Somersworth; enl. May 27, ’61; must. in June 1, ’61; app. Corp. Sept. 1, ’62; Sergt. Sept. ’62; 1 Sergt. date unknown; must. out June 21, ’64. P.O. ad. Somersworth.

RINES, EBENEZER, Co. A; b. Milton; age 43; res. Jefferson; enl. for 9 mos. Transf. from 17 NH, April 16, ’63. Died disease Sept. 4, ’63, Point Lookout, Md.

Non-Milton Men Who Resided and Enlisted from Elsewhere, But Resided in Milton in Later Years:

BROWN, ROBERT, Co. F; b. Wolfeborough; age 29; res. Ossipee; enl. April 29, ’61, for 3 mos.; not must. in re-enl. May 22, ’61, for 3 yrs.; must. in June 4, ’61; disch. disab. Feb. 9, ’63. Subsequent service, V.R.C. P.O. ad. Milton.


See also Milton in the 6th NH Regiment – 1861-85


References:

Haynes, Martin Alonzo. (1896). A History of the Second Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, in the War of the Rebellion. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=hmIUAAAAYAAJ

Author: Muriel Bristol

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