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Hampshire Regiment Infantry
|First Infantry. Col., Mason W. Tappan; Lieut. -Col., Thomas J.
Whipple; Maj., Aaron F. Stevens. The 1st regiment, which enlisted for the three months'
service, was mustered in at Concord, from May 1 to 7, 1861, and was mustered out at the
same place Aug. 9, 1861. It numbered 816 and lost by death 5 men. It was equipped at
"Camp Union" and left the state for Washington on May 25. In New York it was
received by 450 sons of New Hampshire and presented with a beautiful silk flag. On its
arrival in Washington the regiment was attached to the brigade commanded by Col. Stone,
and ordered to take possession of Edwards' and Conrad's ferries. Its route was through
Rockville, Point of Rocks and Sandy Hook and it arrived at Harper's Ferry, July 7. From
there it proceeded to Martinsburg, W. Va., where it joined the Army of the Shenandoah. The
brigade was expected to cut off Gen. Johnston from Bull Run, but, to the great
disappointment of the New Hampshire men, it failed to receive orders to advance. Four
companies were sent to Conrad's ferry, where they exchanged shots with the enemy across
the river. This was their only fighting, but all the duties assigned to them were
faithfully and carefully performed. Fully 500 men of the 1st reenlisted.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1