The Civil War in the East

3rd New Hampshire Infantry Regiment

The 3rd New Hampshire lost 12 officers and 186 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 152 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.




Organized at Concord

August 23

Mustered in

September 3

Moved to Camp Scott, Long Island, N.Y.

September 18

To Washington, D.C.

October 4

To Annapolis, Md.


Attached to Viele's Brigade, Sherman's South Carolina Expeditionary Corps

October 21-November 7

Expedition to Port Royal, S.C.

November 7

Capture of Forts Walker and Beauregard, Port Royal Harbor, S.C.


Duty at Hilton Head, S.C.



Affair Hunting Island

March 7-11

Reconnaissance up Savannah River to Elba Island

March 20-24

Expedition to Bluffton


Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of the South

April 5

Occupation of Edisto Island

April 10

Affair at Watts' Court

April 14

Reconnaissance of Seabrook Island

April 17

Advance on Jehossie Island

April 18

Skirmish Edisto Island


Duty at Edisto Island

June 1-28

Operations on James Island

June 8

Picket Affair

June 16

Battle of Secessionville

June 28-July 7

Evacuation of James Island and movement to Hilton Head


Duty at Hilton Head attached to District of Hilton Head, S.C., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South

August 21

Affair at Pinckney Island

October 21-23

Expedition up Broad River to Pocotaligo

October 22

Action at Caston's and Frampton's Plantations, Pocotaligo

February 16-
April 9

Movements against Charleston


April 23

Moved to Seabrook Island and attached to Guss' Brigade, Seabrook Island, S.C., 10th Corps


Attached to St. Helena Island. S.C.

July 3

To Folly Island, S.C. and attached to 2nd Brigade, Folly Island, S.C., 10th Corps

July 10

Assault on and capture of water batteries on Morris Island

July 11 & 18

Assaults on Fort Wagner, Morris Island


Siege operations on Morris Island against Forts Wagner and Gregg and against Fort Sumter and Charleston attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps


Attached to 1st Brigade, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps

September 7

Occupation of Forts Wagner and Gregg


March and April

Veterans absent on furlough

April 1

Ordered to Florida and Regiment mounted. Attached to Light Brigade, District of Florida. Dept. of the South

April 3


April 25-29

Moved to Gloucester Point, Va. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Corps, Army of the James, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina. Veterans rejoin regiment from furlough.

May 4-28

Butler's operations on south side of James River and against Petersburg and Richmond. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Corps

May 5

Capture of City Point and Bermuda Hundred

May 6-7

Chester Station

May 9-10

Swift Creek

May 10

Chester Station

May 12-16

Operations against Fort Darling

May 14-16

Drury's Bluff

May 16-31

Bermuda Hundred

June 2 and 14

Action at Bermuda Hundred

June 9


June 16-17

Port Walthal

June 16

Siege operations begin against Petersburg and Richmond

July 21

Deep Bottom

August 13-20

Demonstration north of the James

August 14-18

Strawberry Plains

August 23

Non-Veterans mustered out

August 24-September 27

Duty in trenches before Petersburg

September 28-30

Chaffin's Farm

October 1

Charles City Cross Roads

October 7

Darbytown Road

The regiment used their new Spencer repeating carbines for the first time, throwing back an attack by Bratton's Confederate Brigade and inflicting heavy casualties.

October 13

Darbytown Road

October 27-28

Fair Oaks

October 31-November 2

Front of Richmond

November 2-17

Detached for duty at New York during Presidential Election

November 17

Duty in front of Richmond


Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 24th Corps


January 3-15

2nd Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C.

January 15

Assault and capture of Fort Fisher

January 19

Half Moon Battery

February 11

Sugar Loaf Battery

February 18

Fort Anderson

February 22

Capture of Wilmington

February 22

Smith's Creek and North East Ferry


Duty at Wilmington attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Corps, Dept. of North Carolina


Assigned to Abbott's Detached Brigade, 10th Corps

June 3

At Goldsboro

July 25

Mustered out

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