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HISTORIES OF THE SEVERAL NEW HAMPSHIRE REGIMENTS,
CLAREMONT, N. H.:
ILL U S T R A TION S.
GOVERNOR ICHABOD GOODWIN, - Fono,
If New Hampshire did not do as much toward the suppression of the late Great Rebellion as any of her sister States, it was because she is circumscribed in territorial limits and has a smaller population and less wealth than some of the others, and not for want of fidelity to the Union or loyalty to the General Government. What she had was freely placed upon the altar of her country. When the national flag on the ramparts of Sumter was ruthlessly assailed by traitors and the President called upon the State for aid to protect the honor, the rights and property of the government from rebels in arms against them, she acted promptly, energetically, patriotically. Bank vaults and private coffers were thrown wide open and their contents placed at the service of the State authorities; her young men left their farms, factories, workshops, stores, counting-houses, schools and colleges and took up arms with alacrity. They were sent to the field as well armed and equipped for the duties before them as troops from any other State. They fought as often, as bravely, and suffered as much in battle, in the trenches, in camp, hospitals and rebel prisons as those from any other State, and made as little complaint.
To make a history of all the noble and heroic deeds of the brave men of New Hampshire in the field, and the patriotic action of the State, would require many volumes of the size of this one. The author hoped only to give a general view, rather than full details. Influenced by no partiality for any man or organization, he has endeavored to deal justly by all who acted prominent parts in and during the war, so far as his circumscribed limits would permit. If much has been omitted which might rightfully claim a place in this book, great pains have been taken to make its history correct, so far as it goes, and to give credit where credit fairly belongs.
The author is under obligations to many gentlemen for valuable assistance in preparing this book. To Adjutant General Natt Head, for his invaluable Reports covering the period of the war, from which histories of the organization and movements of many of the regiments have been condensed, and other documents—without a free use of which the present work must have been much less perfect than it is. To General John Bedel of the Third ; Rev. Stephen G. Abbott, Chaplain of the First ; Rev. John W. Adams, Chaplain of